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 trip ended up being especially important to him because b was the first time he truly recognized and styrom to himself how much he had been struggling with his ‘depressive illness’. One was a gripping story of an impossible moral dilemma, called Sophie’s Choice ; and the other was a controversial fictionalized account of a real-life slave revolt which occurred in Virginia inled by slave and fiery preacher, called The Confessions of Nat Turner.

For me, it was the effect it would have had on my mother and my wife, the lovely woman with whom I found happiness relatively late in life. Literary accounts are no replacement for empirical studies or professional services; but they can hold up individual experience in such a way that it catches the light for others watching.

William Styron’s memoir of depression, Darkness Visible: But it is a fierce trial attempting to speak a few simple words. For him, it was the effect it would have had on his family.

Darkness Visible

A Memoir of Madness” Retrieved April 25, This very small volume was not an easy read. It’s a simple as just adding a little pill to help the anti-depressant you’re on. Jan 17, Lawyer rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron.

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


Aug 25, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: Applauded by critics and clinicians, Styron was williaj with letters from readers grateful to him for describing so clearly an illness whose very nebulousness makes it mysterious to many suffering it — let alone their friends and families.

The severe and irreducible feelings of hopelessness, the downward spiral which is self-perpetuating both feel frighteningly familiar. She was a good woman. Halcion was banned in Great Britain in on the basis of its connection to depression and possible suicidal behavior.

And yeah, maybe you’re wondering why did I read something about those sad human beings in the book and their actions.

Many years were loveless. There was something about this slim volume that really helped in the immediate post-suicidal period when I was in a sort of purgatory, a daze, a grey zone between the worlds. Being alone in the house, even for a moment, caused me exquisite panic and trepidation. This will be the most personal review I have ever written. It is vitally important that we celebrate the anniversary of a book which offers a vocabulary for this illness.

Twenty years ago today, the American novelist William Styron’s short but devastating memoir about his depression and near-suicide, Darkness Visible, was published in the UK. Which drew an angry “Alors!

Restoration to health requires a combination of psychological therapy and psychiatric pharmacology. It can be a gift and a curse.

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I write, so I suffer. His honest reflections on his experience touched people in a profound way, jumpstarting a much-needed dialogue about mental illness.

It was a long hard death for her. I became so hung up on the ways we women, men, Americans, depressed people, etc. And finally I couldn’t manage the sheer dwrkness solemnity of it.

He must trust that readers who have never visjble suicidal depression will find points of connection willliam him as styroj as points of difference, thereby experiencing the heretofore unfamiliar as familiar. Given the number of great reviews this book had, I was eager to read, especially regarding a topic I feel is extremely neglected in good literature. According to Peter Fulham of The Atlantic darknness, Styron was effectively able to portray depression, which was typically difficult to describe, and its devastating impacts on not only his own life, but on those of others also afflicted by the disorder.

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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, loss of pleasure in things and activities that were once enjoyed, and suicide ideation.

I was fortunate willixm find the right combination. I was called in to interview very young children who had witnessed their fathers kill their mothers. 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. Everyone should give this book a read, if only to understand those in your life who may be suffering from depression right now.

Perhaps one or more of these will resonate with you, too: Over the following decade, the Sophie’s Choice author became an etyron for, and a prominent face of, the depression awareness movement. That it was a place of peace where he could start to heal. In a Vanity Fair articleWilliam Styron became one of the first celebrities to publicly acknowledge his battle with depression. How about, women are more forthcoming and truthful in reporting depression. We can thank daughter Alexandra for that information.