The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Darkness Visible by William Styron The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon Prozac . Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. William Styron, Author Random House ( NY) $ (84p) ISBN The New York Times–bestselling memoir of crippling depression and the struggle for recovery by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Sophie’s Choice.

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President Abraham Lincoln and activist Abbie Hoffman. With personal and raw prose, Styron details the onset of his depression and his fight to seek help. William Styron’s memoir of depression, Darkness Visible: Over the following decade, the Sophie’s Choice author became an advocate for, and a prominent face of, the depression awareness movement. Throughout the memoir, Styron discusses the effects of depression on the lives of several notable people, who range from accomplished authors such as Romain Gary a close friend of Styron’sRandall JarrellAlbert Camusand Primo Levi also a chemist and Holocaust survivor to prominent political figures such as U.

His stories are liberally laced with a depth of understanding that he acknowledged could only come to those who have experienced it. For instance, Styron’s account of his fateful trip to Paris in October was not included in the essay, but it was incorporated into Darkness Visible. Styron began to feel more and more distressed and anxious in anticipation of his Paris excursion, when the time finally arrived, he managed to get through it, although not without a tremendous amount of difficulty.

One by her husband. He also wondered if the fact that he stopped drinking alcohol caused his despondency: Also, he mentions that in those moments when depression takes control of you, the most important thing is to have someone near you, someone who is willing to help you, to spend time with you and cherish you.


Additionally, Styron stresses the importance of perseverance and taking initiative in seeking help and treatment for not only depression, but for any mental illness. He details the near epic failure of his physician to deal with the disease through an apparent inability to grasp the reality of what Styron was experiencing, a problem for all outsiders to the disease, along with ineffective, or downright irresponsible, medication until the final moment of crisis when he was hospitalized and finally found the help he needed to recover.

Through the connections he draws between his own experience with depression and that of the public figures he analyzes, Styron deduces that people with creative tendencies are ultimately more vulnerable to the disorder.

For more inspiration, watch an interview with William Styron and his psychologist, in which they discusses his journey. Styron was so in tune with his body and his moods and because he had been laboring so hard to arrange his life around his mood disturbances, he was also quite aware that his trip to Paris would be a problem.

Illuminating depression

The severe and irreducible feelings of hopelessness, the downward spiral which is self-perpetuating both feel frighteningly familiar. We can thank daughter Alexandra for that information. My roommate bought this book and it seemed interesting. On the origins of his dxrkness depression: As both a writer and someone who suffers from chronic d One of my literary pet peeves: So, of course, the wiloiam part of me wanted to read it.

In it, he described depression as “a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way visbile becomes known to the self — to the mediating intellect — as to verge close to being beyond description.

A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron’s true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression.

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I believe William Styron contributed to this social change. In fact, the opposite is true. Visibpe depressed because I come from a long line of depressives, and I write because I want to, and I take it seriously, not as some form of mad exorcism or touchy-feely therapy. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul.

Darkness Visible is renowned for being a pioneering literary work in clinical depression awareness. sttron

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His book becomes like a stone dropped into a still pond. His ultimate stay in a very good hospital for 7 weeks effected the cure he needed.

We are not talking about a few days or even depression over a week or two, but rather months where the elevator keeps going down no matter how many times one thumps the Willizm button. It shed light on an illness that was not well known nor well documented at the time.

The relentless descriptions of the reality he was being bombarded with every day for months stgron an education that I will not soon forget. I have walked out in rain—and back in rain.

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I should say at this point that when I first picked up Darkness Visible around nine months ago, I was very depressed myself. No, Styron did not die by his own hand. The waiter recognized Styon’s name and said the book “Darkness Visible” saved his life. Order by newest oldest recommendations. An adjustment of my medications was necessary. First, I was surprised and impressed by Mr. Aug 25, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: