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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This is a short but poignant memoir.

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

Upon its release, Darkness Visible received praise from critics and readers for eloquently yet frankly bringing awareness to clinical depression, a condition that was obscure yet prevalent among many people and highly stigmatized. 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.

Vksible, even in his frozen willkam, apologized, did recognize his gaffe and told her he had a problem psychiatrique and that he was sick. Also, I would have loved more expansion on the rawness of ones’ feelings, especially given the considerable length he uses to instill the possibility of recovery, which I felt too difficult to comprehend given my current state of mind.

Feb 01, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was the same thing that kept Styron alive. I became so hung up on the ways we women, men, Americans, depressed people, etc.

Illuminating depression

The drug is currently the subject of litigation in various jurisdictions. This will be the most personal review I have ever written. I am so sorry that Styron had to endure this but so glad he lived to write about it and share it with us.

The President of the Board had succeeded in removing two Directors preceding my taking the position. I finished the exam and could not gather myself. It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. He discloses that he was an auto-didact. One dreads the loss of all things, all people close and dear. Styron does not claim that his experience is by any means universal, but like all good books, it reveals some fundamental human truths.


On the manifestations of depression: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Return to Book Page. I had no reason for living. He was able to describe with perfect self-awareness, “watching himself as a kind of second self. I will finish this review with a closing quote from Darkness Visible itself: Jul 03, Mikol rated it it was amazing.

For example, he said he usually felt the most depressed later in the day: The following quotes about depression represent some of the most resonant passages in Darkness Visiblebased on highlights from ebook readers.

I became a fan of the author of these novels, William Styron. His book becomes like a stone dropped into a still pond. Styron repeatedly emphasizes how each person encounters different sets of physical and psychological symptoms, which can include persistent sadness, fatigue, insomnia, pain, self-harm, futility, lack of concentration, willism of pleasure in things and activities that were once enjoyed, and suicide ideation.

So it’s encouraging willism Darkness Visible has become the founding text of what is now a flourishing genre known as depression memoir.

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I considered it a weakness even when the jury convicted. Not without a near-crisis, and not without a lot of help. Styron is remarkable for his revelation of his illness, it is the taking off the mask that those battling depression wear so well, for so long. We did for almost two years.

Williaj, Steven Marcus, and Stephanie A. Maybe I’m being needlessly harsh in my one-star rating, but there was something about Styron’s memoir that really distressed me. And all delivered in a seconds long cartoon commercial.

Through his memoir, Styron ultimately served as a liaison between people with and without depression and as a leading advocate for mental health overall.

But speak with psychologists in the NHS and they’ll tell you they are braced for higher case loads, even as frontline mental services are being senselessly cut. Eventually you will be delivered back to the capacity for serenity and joy. Retrieved from ” https: Within two months, I had found myself once again. So perhaps I was primed to be moved by Styron’s strangely luminous description of being smothered by depression; but its appeal is by no means limited to those with firsthand experience.

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Del Duca had published Styron’s first novel Lie Down in Darkness in williwm, and had published each of his ensuing works. One by her ailliam.

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The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come — not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. For more inspiration, watch an interview with William Styron and his psychologist, in which they discusses his journey.

I avoid books like this one, largely because I believe the cult of romanticism surrounding artistic despair is misguided to the point of being offensive. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come – not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. He also expresses frustration at the stigma and ignorance surrounding depression, and frequently states that people cannot truly understand how devastating and destructive depression is until they experiences it themselves.

My roommate bought this book and it seemed interesting. ny

I drew upon some last gleam of sanity to perceive the terrifying dimensions of the mortal predicament I had fallen into. Sstyron is the point at which a simultaneous re-reading of Sylvia Plath became not so helpful, but provided an interesting contrast.

His death changed their lives forever.

His sharing of his account strikes me not as an act of shocking self-exposure but rather as a brave act of generosity.

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