Monday, September 20, 2010

The Frame or Structure of PROZAC DIARY

PROZAC DIARY opens with Lauren seeking help from a psychiatrist who specializes in the then new antidepressant, Prozac, for the recent emergence of Lauren’s obsessive/compulsive symptoms. PROZAC DIARY spans over several years of her life in which time Lauren completes a Masters degree in psychology and becomes involved in a long-term romantic relationship. As the title implies, PROZAC DIARY is organized around Lauren’s experience with Prozac. She was one of the first people in the United States to be on Prozac and was part of a clinical trial (although she does not describe the experience of being part of the research). Clinical notes from her treatment are provided intermittently throughout the book at the start of some chapters.

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