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The Problem of Suffering in the Age of Prozac: A Case Study of the Depression Memoir (2016)


In 1990, the novelist William Styron published Darkness Visible, a brief, unrelentingly intense memoir describing his plunge into the depths of suicidal depression. His personal story gripped the public: It hit the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list and reinvigo­rated interest in Styron’s other work.¹ Since the appearance of Darkness Visible, the depression memoir has become a veritable genre in its own right. Elizabeth Wurtzel’s 1994 account of her illness, Prozac Nation, also soared to bestseller status, eventually inspiring a motion picture with the same title. The stream has continued, with scholars (Sharon O’Brien, Eric Wilson),...

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Authors & Contributors
Pieters, Toine
Abraham, John
Baumeister, Alan A.
Davis, Courtney
Dowbiggin, Ian Robert
Gaudillière, Jean-Paul
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
History of Psychiatry
Cambridge University Press
Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría
Johns Hopkins University Press
MIT Press
University of Chicago Press
Mental disorders and diseases
Medicine and society
Harlow, Harry Frederick
Roland Kuhn
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
21st century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
United States. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

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