022: Pros of Prozac with Beca Mark

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Beca Mark wished she could have found this book when hopelessly struggling with depression and anxiety after having her first child. She takes you on a heartfelt journey and shares how healing only came when combining a daily Prozac prescription with a commitment to be her best self. By sharing faith-based, personal details about her life, she hopes to soften the cultural stigma surrounding mental illness, shedding a more positive light on these issues.

Pros of Prozac is a rare memoir because it takes a look at mental illness and psychotropic medication through a Latter-day Saint/Christian paradigm.  As 1 in 4 adults in the United States suffers from a mental disorder, of which Latter-day Saints are not excluded, Pros of Prozac monumentally adds to an important conversation about mental illness and mental health within a Christian culture.

Beca celebrates that psychotropic medications, including Prozac (fluoxetine), help millions of people. There should be no shame in in this. This is a much-needed message when some perpetuate the cultural stigma of mental illness and believe that it is “wrong” to take medication for mental illness. In a world inundated with books like Prozac Backlash; Toxic Psychiatry; and Plato, not Prozac!, the book, Pros of Prozac is a welcome message to many who properly take medication for mental illness that should be commended for good self-care.

Beca Mark was born in San Diego, California, but currently lives in Orem, Utah. She is the oldest of 14 children. She married Matthew Mark and they are parents to Brady, Wyatt (stillborn), and Scarlett.  Beca graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in public administration. After graduation, she worked as Asst. HR Manager for the private school, Challenger School. Beca spends her time raising her children, learning to sing classically, and building the Mormon/LDS Postpartum Support Group (www.facebook.com/MormonPostpartum) and “Pros of Prozac” (www.facebook.com/ProsofProzac) communities online.

Beca wrote Pros of Prozac: A Faith-based Memoir of Overcoming the Stigma (www.ProsofProzac.com). To publish her book, she founded CTL (or Consider-the-lilies) Press, Inc. (www.ctlpress.com).

Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for audio production of this podcast.



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