Darkness Visible has ratings and reviews. Lawyer said: Darkness Visible: When the Question is Whether Life is Worth Living Will. Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. William Styron, Author Random House ( NY) $ (84p) ISBN Primo Levi—in , William Styron almost joined the long list of writers who article was a precursor of his book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness.

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Rothman, Steven Marcus, and Stephanie A. He must try to utter small talk, and be responsive to questions, and knowingly nod and frown and, God help him, even smile. My former wife did not want to hear about it.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. I know what depression is It will resonate most profoundly with those who share his struggles, but its resonance will expand out to touch others. I had no outlet to talk about my work. He discloses that he was an auto-didact.

Illuminating depression

Before seeking psychiatric help he had pondered over the Diagnostic Statistical Manual, what I call the ultimate cookbook containing all the diagnostic recipes for disorders large and small for psychologists and psychiatrists. Meanwhile, some critics were dissatisfied with the short length of Darkness Visible. It has been estimated that as many as one in ten Americans will suffer from the illness. I write, so I suffer. President Abraham Lincoln and activist Abbie Hoffman.

Within two months, I had found myself once again. He details the strange regularity that became a part of his life while he was held in the grip depression, the cycles of limited clarity and soul crushing pain that compartmentalized the moments of his day.

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To further complicate matters, though Styron does not admit it in Darkness Visible Styron darknfss a hypochondriac extraordinaire.

Views Read Edit View history. Everyone leaves their own legacy. 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. However, the sufferer from depression has no such option and therefore finds himself, like a walking casualty of war, thrust into the most intolerable social and family situations. I was first told I was dealing with depression during my divorce.

Is there anything more self-destructive than depression?

For in virtually any other serious sickness, a patient who felt similar devastation 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 outwalked the furthest city light. 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. It wasn’t their fault. That it was a place of peace where he could start to heal. In early stages the sufferer has to try and pretend that they are still capable of engaging in normal human interaction such as Styron recounts when he was forced to attend a dinner party with friends: The rawness of Mr.

The Heart of the Matter-January 25, It has taken considerably more time than one night of good sleep to bring myself to write an adequate review of Darkness Visible: Loading comments… Trouble loading?

I have walked out in rain—and back in rain. The drug is currently the subject of litigation in various jurisdictions. To ask other readers questions about Darkness Visibleplease sign up. We had two children. He emphasizes that point and also has some solid advice and words of wisdom to pass on to anyone who lives with a sufferer of depression, be it family or friends.


But it took the right help to make me remember that. For example, Styron acknowledges that although psychotherapy and antidepressants did not successfully treat him, they are highly effectual in healing numerous others. He was able to describe with perfect self-awareness, “watching himself as a kind of second self. 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.

Styron did much to dispell that stigma.

It shed light on an illness that was not well known nor well documented at the time. A Biography of William Styron.

Illuminating depression | Books | The Guardian

The most prevalent theme in Darkness Visible is how every individual afflicted by clinical depression ultimately has his or her own unique experience with the mental disorder. I guess it was. He must trust that readers styrpn have never experienced suicidal depression will find points of connection with him as well as points of difference, thereby experiencing the heretofore unfamiliar as familiar.