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Movie Review: Prozac Nation

I thought Prozac Nation was one of the most interesting movies I have watched in quite some time. In a society where many are on some sort of drug for depression or anxiety I think the movie is quite relevant to the times. It seems every where I turn, someone else I know is diagnosed with one of these, both, or something similar.

The movie Prozac Nation is based on a book written by Elizabeth Wurtzel. I wasn’t the least bit surprised to find that after doing a little research. Christini Ricci plays a depressed teenager experiencing her first year at Harvard. The movie shows the ups and downs of life as a depressed young adult struggling with friendships, relationships, studies, and every day situations in general. It is clear that there are certain times in the movie Ricci’s character is acting a certain way she doesn’t necessarily want to but can not help it at the same time. She hurts others without realizing it and is in return also hurt by some things others in the movie don’t even realize they are doing.

After reading a bit about this disease and talking with a few people, I think that although the movie may be a bit exaggerated, it is a decent portrayal of what someone with this disease might go through.

Have you seen the movie? Do you think it portrays depression accurately? Why or why not? View the trailer below.

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