The 21st Century Black Plague

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The 21st Centuries Black Plague
Despite the milestones that we have crossed in regards to mental illness awareness in recent decades, “depression” is still thrown around casually by people who do not realize the weight of the word. It seems as though it is difficult for many to grasp the concept that depression is more than just a fleeting feeling of sadness or discontent; depression is a chemical imbalance that affects mood and behavior, resulting in feelings of dread and sadness to suicidal thoughts and actions. There is a stigma that comes with being depressed, one that negates the seriousness of the illness and depicts depressives as over reactive, whiny, and selfish. One of the very effective methods of purging this stigma is to give an account of living with depression to show how difficult it is to live with and persevere through, a method that Elizabeth Wurtzel uses in her memoir, Prozac Nation: Young and Depressed in America. A narrative of Wurtzel’s nadir in her battle with depression, Prozac Nation is a brutally honest, emotional retelling of her turbulent mental state throughout her teenage years and early twenties. Wurtzel’s story helps to bring awareness to the seriousness of depression, especially its emotional impact, occupation of the mind, and life altering complications. She highlights these issues through documentations of her tempestuous emotions, suicidal tendencies, self-obsession, hopelessness, and eventual recovery, cogently putting the reader in her…

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