Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma by: Beca Mark

Image       Our society has created  assumptions about many different things; stereo-types of people and behaviors, religions and diseases, just to name a few.  It is very unfortunate to see people struggle everyday with depressions and anxiety that can be treated with medication just because of the stigma that is associated with those medications.

Beca Mark once felt the same way about medications such as Prozac and its’ generic form Fluoxetine.  After the birth of her first child, she struggled with depression to the point of a complete turn around in her decision to take Prozac.  She also decided to not keep quiet about it.  She told other mothers that exhibited signs of depression that she once did; she told her friends and her family.  Her life changed drastically when she took her medicine and she realized that she had struggled with some form of depression most of her life.  As she talked to her family members, she learned that a lot of her family suffered too but no one ever talked about it.

Beca wrote this book to try to confront the stigma that Prozac carries with it.  She wants to tackle it head on and explain that it is ok to take a medicine in order to improve your life.  She is a Christian and throughout the book she does talk a bit about it and include some Biblical aspects.

This is a well written book that touches on an issue that I believe in.  It is short but powerful and inspirational.  I highly recommend this book to individuals and book club groups alike.  I give it 4 crowns.

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