Prozac Diary
Lauren Slater
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Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM By Lauren Slater

In 1988, at age 26, Lauren Slater lived alone in a basement apartment in Cambridge, depressed, suicidal, unemployed Ten years later, she is a psychologist running her own clinic, an award winning writer, and happily married The transformation in her life was brought about by Prozac Prozac Diary is Lauren Slater s incisive account of a life restored to productivity, creaIn 1988, at age 26, Lauren Slater lived alone in a basement apartment in Cambridge, depressed, suicidal, unemployed Ten years later, she is a psychologist running her own clinic, an award winning writer, and happily married The transformation in her life was brought about by Prozac Prozac Diary is Lauren Slater s incisive account of a life restored to productivity, creativity, and love When she wakes up one morning and finds that her demons no longer have a hold on her, Slater struggles with the strange state of being well after a lifetime of craziness Yet this is no hymn to a miracle pharmaceutical It is a frankly ambivalent quest for the truth of self behind an ongoing reliance on a drug Slater also addresses Prozac s notorious poop out effect and its devastating attack on her libido This is the first memoir to reflect on long term Prozac use, and reviewers agree that no one has written about Prozac with such beauty, honesty, and insight.
  • Title: Prozac Diary
  • Author: Lauren Slater
  • ISBN: 9780140263947
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback

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Sara Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
at first, i loved this book. it was eloquent, poetic, and incredibly relatable to my life. the figurative language was nothing short of incredible; Lauren has a beautiful relationship with the english language. Also, as someone who has experienced a story terribly similar to Lauren's, the subject matter was intensely personal and valuable to medly, though, it reached a point where none of these things were enough to save it. there's only so much you can write about Prozac before it becomes repet [...]
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Anita Dalton Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I think this book was probably more interesting 12 years ago. I am a pharmacological refugee and on a personal level find tales like Slater’s interesting, but I can also tell you that unless you have tinkered with the chemicals in your brain, unless you have walked down this road, this mild, ethereal and at times random memoir may not have any resonance. As interested as I am in memoirs of people who struggle with mental illness and the drugs used to treat mental illness, there were times I fo [...]
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aPriL does feral sometimes Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Lauren Slater has apparently gone through hell, and I hope she continues to find things which help her. The few brief details about her mother and of her life which she reveals in this diary led me to think she may have severe brain chemical or wiring problems which may have been inherited. It's a good thing Prozac helps her, despite the side effects and its limitations at replacing what her body should be providing but does not.However, the book did not give me what I want, either. It is perfec [...]
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Jenine Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
This hit my emotions like a ton of bricks. I can empathize with the author. I don't know if that's because it was well written or because of my personal history. It was an honest book though. Showed that the cure didn't work 100% and that it cost things as well.
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kelsey Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
“If you have been sick for a long, long time, Prozac may make you high. It probably won’t make you high the way pot and acid do; it will make you high by returning you to a world you’ve forgotten or never quite managed to be a part of, but a world, nevertheless, that you at first fit into with the precision of a key to a lock or a neurotransmitter to its receptor.”This book was like a breath of fresh air. The author's experience using Prozac (save sexual dysfunction) was incredibly simil [...]
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Julia Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I would have enjoyed this book much more if it were condensed into an essay about pharmacology and the human psyche. The author has a gift for metaphor and an intriguing philosophical curiosity, but her writing talents weren't enough to redeem the book. Too often, the meandering, flowery language harped on topics that didn't interest me in the least. This memoir fell flat because the author didn't build up her character enough for me to care about her struggle. She started at her lowest point, a [...]
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Stephanie Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Gulped this down in a matter of hours.I have a bit of an issue with Slater's style - she has a very poetic style, which doesn't always lend well to her choice of subjects. When she talks about her own history, as in this book, however, it works perfectly.Sometimes it seems incredible that there was a time when Prozac was new, and no one knew what its effects were. I suppose in some respects, there's always an unknown with all drugs, but the unknown must have been huge for the first people who to [...]
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Kathryn Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Prozac Diary chronicles the life of 26-year-old Lauren Slater who became one of the first takers of a brand new drug, Prozac. She writes not so much about the actual drug (though she does talk about its side effects), but more about the consequences of shifting from an "illness-based "identity, to a "health-based" identity. Having dealt with mental illness for most of her life, this shift is both a welcome relief as well as well as a challenge - for who is she without the depression that's domin [...]
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Mimi chiang Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Lauren Slater has absolutely beautiful phrases and prose. I read her writing as an eager novice writer hoping to absorb some of her talent. That said, this memoir is a great resource for the many who suffer from mental illness and/or are prescribed anti-depressants or any sort of medication for treating a psychological issue. I only wish I had known of this memoir when I was first prescribed prozac in 1984. Ms. Slater manages to convey with wonderful beauty how debilitating mental illness is, bu [...]
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Tina Hernandez Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I love Lauren Slater's general writing style, and I love psychology and neurology in general, too - so I have some bias here, but this book was amazing. Parts of it were so rich and so interesting that I had to mark them to re-read (several times over). I am generally somewhat anti-meds (when they're avoidable), but she really gives a person stuff to mull over. About reality, and personality, and love, and all sorts of fluid subjective concepts. I don't really like this cover or think it does a [...]
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Lowrha Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Slater's prose is poetry and reminds me of the importance of visualization. She journals her morning transformation so vividly that I felt like it was happening to me the next day.A creative nonfiction enthusiast, I can never quite decide how much dramatization is acceptable in a memoir; she pushed my credulousness in some instances.I tore through it in two days, and will read her other work. She has a beautiful and artistic take on her own psychology, and I hope her other books show the same tr [...]
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Jenny Yates Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
This small memoir is honest and gripping, as it tells the story of the writer’s relationship with Prozac. The illness itself is back story; she concentrates on what health means to someone who has been ill all her life. She is a very good writer, able to capture the shifts in perception as she experienced them. Her relationship with Prozac is not simple, not unmixed, but it is enduring, and she tells us the compromises she’s made, the losses she’s learned to live with, and the philosophica [...]
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Rebeccah Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Awesome memoir. Somewhat in the vein of Elizabeth Wurtzel's Prozac Nation, it picks up where Prozac Nation left off, with the beginning of treatment through Prozac. Rather than focusing on depression, Slater focuses on the experience of taking (and being 'cured' by) Prozac, and the experience of taking Prozac long term (ten plus years). Great read for anyone with any sort of interest in psychology, although it is also very easy to read for anyone who has minimal knowledge of the field.
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Emmylee Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
This book is a well written memoir/study of the effects of Prozac on the whole individual. Lauren Slater gives us an intimate and professional insight that explores the physical, psychological, sociological, and personal implications of this drug. If you've ever been curious about Prozac and its effects or the individuals who must rely on it this is a must-read. Also, it is an all-around Good Read!
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Ellen Mcgrath Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Amazing sentence styleld, braveOnly weakness, slow to get startedd also heavily allusive to mother as source of psychological issues but mother remains ghostly, distant I'm not sure that works, even if that was the "aura" given off by the actual mother figure.I would love to read more work by this writer.
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Iamada Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
My favorite thing about this book is the question it posed in my head.if one is used to living imbalanced, and they become "balanced" thru medication, are they really alive? If all of your experiences of living are on the polar edges, who is to say that "balance" should be the goal?
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Jennifer Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Lauren Slater was one of the first women to take prozac in the 80s when it first came out. Her story of depression is interesting since she suffered from delusions which is not as common in depression. There's some foreshadowing for a happy ending.
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Elyssa Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
A powerful and honest book about the author's struggle with depression and her trials and errors with pharmaceutical interventions. She is a humble and modest writer, yet you can't help but admire her for her perseverance which shines through her story.
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Ryan Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
This memoir, spanning the ten-year experience of the author's experience of pharmaceutical treatment for depression reveals that coping with the illness is not just about wanting to be healthy, but more about falling out of love with not being healthy.
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Elisse Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I really enjoyed this second book I've read by Lauren Slater. She has an interesting life journey and writes beautifully. As the parent of a young man who has been on Prozac a long time, I found her "insider's look" at Prozac informative and helpful.
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Catherine Wright Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Well written account of life on Prozac, as well as before. The difference was amazing and I understand that she had to give up some parts of herself in order to gain the balance the drug gave her.
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Debbie Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Slater is an amazing writer. This is one of the best of the "Prozace Memoir" genre.
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Book Concierge Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I couldn't stand this book. I only finished it because it was a book club selection.
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Jina Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
good read for anyone interested in psychiatry and psychopharmacology. lauren slater is a good writer, but not difficult to read.
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Leslie Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I love Lauren Slater's books!
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Fussnik Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I'd heard her on a moth podcast and she was vivacious and funny. This was the only one of Lauren Slater's books my library had so I took it out, even though prozac doesn't interest me. If you are ever troubled with shame this is a shame destruction book. It reminds me of when I went to group therapy, how one person's courage can be a gift. She writes like a house afire, full of excitement no matter how dark her condition. I can't recommend it enough.
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Jimmy Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
It's creative non-fiction. It was just ok. There were more than a few times where the author got lost in flowery description which, is not bad per se, however it was not what I was looking to get out of this read.
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Julian Abagond Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
I love the way she writes, so much so that I read the book all the way to the end even though I have no particular interest in Prozac.
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Claudia Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
Very good account of what it is like to take Prozac for over ten years.
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Beam4himgmail.com Oct 28, 2020 - 16:24 PM
MehVery subjective piece on Prozac. I suppose that's in the title so I should have known, but I think of Prozac as a way to get back to your normal self, like insulin for diabetes. We just don't have a number to indicate what normal is like diabetes. No one asks all these existential questions when the organ involved is not the brain. If I took away your glasses would you not wish for them when your head started hurting from squinting? Would I truly want someone to have to squint when it's not n [...]
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Prozac Diary By Lauren Slater In 1988, at age 26, Lauren Slater lived alone in a basement apartment in Cambridge, depressed, suicidal, unemployed Ten years later, she is a psychologist running her own clinic, an award winning writer, and happily married The transformation in her life was brought about by Prozac Prozac Diary is Lauren Slater s incisive account of a life restored to productivity, creaIn 1988, at age 26, Lauren Slater lived alone in a basement apartment in Cambridge, depressed, suicidal, unemployed Ten years later, she is a psychologist running her own clinic, an award winning writer, and happily married The transformation in her life was brought about by Prozac Prozac Diary is Lauren Slater s incisive account of a life restored to productivity, creativity, and love When she wakes up one morning and finds that her demons no longer have a hold on her, Slater struggles with the strange state of being well after a lifetime of craziness Yet this is no hymn to a miracle pharmaceutical It is a frankly ambivalent quest for the truth of self behind an ongoing reliance on a drug Slater also addresses Prozac s notorious poop out effect and its devastating attack on her libido This is the first memoir to reflect on long term Prozac use, and reviewers agree that no one has written about Prozac with such beauty, honesty, and insight.

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