Pros of Prozac by Beca Mark

Pros of Prozac

A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma
Email this review


A brief book that offers forthright, unquestioning praise for the antidepressant Prozac.

In this faith-based, pocket-sized memoir, the author relates her own voyage that led her to Prozac, and the edge-smoothing, uplifting benefits she derives from its use. Some sufferers of mental illness have feelings of shame, embarrassment and even guilt about needing professional help or medication. Mark aims to do battle with such paralyzing notions by telling her own story. This book is short by design, so that depressed readers may easily digest and apply its message. The author places particular emphasis on postpartum depression, and tells her own tale of a plunge into illness following the birth of her first child. Later, the unexpected collapse of a real estate deal filled her with unreasonably deep yet unshakable feelings of despair, anxiety and hopelessness. The floor had dropped out for her, and Prozac, she writes, helped put the floor back in. She also includes anonymous profiles of other women in similar straits, as well as well-chosen motivational quotations, light dabs of science, revealing statistics, answers to commonly asked questions and an invitation to continue the discussion at her website, The author presents herself as no expert—just an ordinary person, motivated by her Christian faith to try to help others. Some readers may find her advocacy for Prozac controversial, but are likely to find her instinct to relieve suffering beyond reproach. That said, the book sometimes reads a bit like a Prozac advertisement, and some readers may wonder if there’s any monetary connection between the author and the object of her praise; a disclaimer listed on the copyright page dispels such doubt.

A credible, heartfelt addition to the Prozac literature.      

Pub Date: March 20th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0988995703
Page count: 122pp
Publisher: CTL Press, Inc.
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:


NonfictionPROZAC DIARY by Lauren Slater
by Lauren Slater
NonfictionPROZAC NATION by Elizabeth Wurtzel
by Elizabeth Wurtzel
NonfictionLISTENING TO PROZAC by Peter D. Kramer
by Peter D. Kramer