Prozac Diary

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Penguin Books, Sep 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 215 pages
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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, 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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A perceptive and articulate young psychologist's revealing memoir of ten years on Prozac, with all its blessings and curses. If Slater's first book, empathetic stories about her patients, Welcome to ... Read full review

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User Review  - ghostwire - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review


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Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. She is the authoLauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. She is the author of Opening Skinner's Box and Blue Beyond Blue, among otherr of Opening Skinner's Box and Blue Beyond Blue, among other books. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. books. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.