Elizabeth Wurtzel is an amazing American author who has resided in New York City most of her life. She is a graduate of Harvard and Yale. If you have not read any of her stuff, you have a lot to look forward to and I suggest that you begin by reading "Prozac Nation" and then on to the rest which is a total of four books (Prozac Nation, Bitch, Now More Again and The Secret of Life). You will surely enjoy Prozac Nation if you ever had to deal with any emotional disorders in your life. She just has this talent by putting words together to describe the misery of depression in such a way that it is how you wanna describe it but just cannot get out the words to describe it well enough, if that makes any sense at all.
Elizabeth is currently taking a break from writing. She has graduated from Yale Law School and is an attorney at the prominent law firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner in New York City.
A few of my favourite quotes by Elizabeth Wurtzel are as follows:
"Insanity is knowing that what you're doing is completely idiotic, but still, somehow, you just can't stop it."
“I start to feel like I can’t maintain the facade any longer, that I may just start to show through. And I wish I knew what was wrong. Maybe something about how stupid my whole life is. I don’t know. Why does the rest of the world put up with the hypocrisy, the need to put a happy face on sorrow, the need to keep on keeping on?... I don’t know the answer, I know only that I can’t. I don't want any more vicissitudes, I don't want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.”
“That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.”
"...occasionally I wished I could walk through a picture window and have the sharp, broken shards slash me to ribbons so I would finally look like I felt."
“I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn't one I'll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it's worth it.”
“it's the people you are close to, the ones who love you, theo nes who have seen your heart, who have touched your soul- to them, it is obvious that something is wrong or missing. your heart and soul are missing. they feel it. it hurts them. it kills them.”