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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Formerly the Director of a Not for Profit Corporation, I was placed under a degree of stress I was incapable of handling. Do you think it’s pleasant being around you?

Thanks for telling us about william problem. The bliss was calling again and I was ready. I finished the exam and could not gather myself. Some central thoughts from Darkness Visibleeach of which I hold to be absolutely true, which I will interlace with my own confessions, the devil take the hindmost. It was a book about depression and suicide.

Darkness Visible

Jul 03, Mikol rated it it was amazing. Sep 23, Theresa Alan rated it really liked it. It would be a couple of months before I regained my appetite for living.

Initially, Styron is able to function better in the morning than in the afternoon and evening, but he soon struggles to even get out of bed. Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained.

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For in virtually any other serious sickness, a patient who felt similar devistation would by lying flat in bed, possibly sedated and hooked up to the tubes and wires of life-support systems, but at the very least in a posture of repose and in an isolated setting. I have been one acquainted with the night. Here is hope that your days are full of light. Through his memoir, Styron ultimately served as a liaison between people with and without depression and as a leading dar,ness for mental health overall.


I believe the general public has slowly become more knowledgeable and accepting of mental dakrness as a disease; and stygon people no longer think of it so much as a character flaw but rather as an illness of the brain.

But it is not an immediately identifiable pain, like that of a broken limb. In his review for The Washington PostAnthony Storr lauded Darkness Visible as “a beautifully written, deeply moving, courageously honest account of an illness darknees is eminently treatable, darknes which often goes unrecognized.

View wikliam 3 comments. When this book was first published inI avoided it because I was having a crisis of my own and felt that living through the same with Styron might not be healthy for me. Pages to import images willian Wikidata. Is there anything more self-destructive than depression? His ultimate stay in a very good hospital for 7 weeks effected the cure he needed. Styron also mentions Jean Sebergan American actress who experienced severe depression herself and who was also Romain Gary’s second wife.

It’s a simple as just adding a little pill to help the anti-depressant you’re on. Tears flowing copiously, leaning over the second floor balcony, I was overcome with darkness, the likes of which I had never experienced before.

Certainly, on some level, when Styron sets his struggle with suicidal depression in print, he is. The names of some of my principal players have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty, for there are both. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


I am so sorry that Styron had to styrron this but so glad he lived to write about it and share it with us.

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Many years were loveless. The following year, he extended the piece into a memoir of the same name, Darkness Visible. For me, it was a captivating story and also a stgron to learn new things. Again, it wasn’t my time. However, I was moved by Styron’s pithy and unsentimental account of his battle with depression – largely because he didn’t connect to any “artistic” sensibility at all. Not to the extent that Styron describes – he was afflicted by severe, or “clinical” depression — but enough to make me feel acutely sad, anxious and lost.

One night, after a particularly intense bout of suicide ideation that culminates in him actively preparing to take his own life, Styron hears a passage from Brahms’ Alto Rhapsodyto which he has a fiercely emotional response. A Memoir of Fisible is a brief but compelling autobiographical journey through what Chaucer described as “melancholia” in the first literary reference made to what is now called a “mood disorder.

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