The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Darkness Visible by William Styron The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon Prozac . Chris Cox: William Styron’s Darkness Visible remains, two decades on, a beacon of hope in this benighted realm of experience. 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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During all my years as a prosecutor I lost count of the number of crime scenes I attended, the number of dead I saw, the number of autopsies I witnessed, the exhumation of a dead child I obtained an order for, and the subsequent re-autopsy.

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My roommate bought visjble book and it seemed interesting. That it was a place of peace where he could start to heal. There he must, despite the anguish devouring his brain, present a face approximating the one that is associated with ordinary events and companionship. What was left for me to do.

All this I realized was more than I could inflict on these memories, and upon those, so close to me, with whom those memories were bound.

Perhaps one or more of these will resonate with you, too:. Some made it through but most did not. He infuses his account with bits willliam dark humor as well as allusions to others who have endured suicidal thoughts: Sometimes, reading a book that it’s not in your comfort zone, can be a breath of fresh air.

Finally facing that he could no longer ‘white knuckle’ his way through social and professional engagements, he sought assistance from a psychotherapist he called Dr. 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. On what depression is: And we need more of them. Nonetheless, for over seventy-five years the word has slithered innocuously through the language like a slug, leaving little trace of its intrinsic malevolence and preventing, by its insipidity, a general awareness of the horrible intensity visiblle the disease when out of control.


Open Preview See a Problem? It’s a simple as just adding a little pill to help the anti-depressant you’re on. 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.

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Styron had been enormously successful in his career as a novelist and essayist, but a constellation of events plunged him into a darknesd from which he could not extract himself. I continued on to with Reading My Father by his youngest daughter, Alexandra Styronan absorbing, intimate memoir detailing what it was like to be William Styron’s daughter in good times and in bad.

This very small volume was not an easy read. For example, Styron acknowledges that although psychotherapy and antidepressants did not successfully treat him, they are highly effectual in healing numerous others.

Mar 20, Thomas rated it it was amazing Shelves: I very unrealistically thought I could help save her life. Alright, so the statistics show women report depression more than men.

Styron eases us into his own story qilliam relating stories of other writers and artists who experienced deep depression. This is a stirring memoir of Styron’s depression, which nearly killed him. At just 85 pages, Styron’s account is piercingly concise. I was a fine trial lawyer. 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.

Maybe because I wanted to know more, to find answers to my own questions. Certainly, on some level, when Styron sets his struggle with suicidal depression in print, he is. Loading comments… Trouble loading?

Darkness Visible

I would become a righter of wrongs. Randall Jarrell, Primo Levi, and more. Yet, I am not unaware of the stigma brought about by confession. It’s not something that burned in him like “the fire of inspiration” – it was frightening, origin-less, and eventually incapacitating. I was a man capable of great tenderness mixed with the ability to turn mean. It has been estimated that as many as one in ten Americans will suffer from the illness. I do recommend this book to anyone who may be confronting depression themselves or that of a family member or friend.


He also provides anecdotes of other sufferers from the world of literature, some of whom he knew personally, others who were only heroes, to give some sense of the widespread nature of the disease as well as the myriad of ways in which it afflicts individuals.

Many, some published posthumously have a great bearing on Styron’s life view, his state of mind during some of the most difficult points in his life. Want to Read saving…. I’m better now, thanks to caring friends and divine intervention.

Illuminating depression

styroj 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. It is remarkable for its clarity. There were too many people to acknowledge, to thank, to bequeath final bouquets.

Feb 01, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: And another thing, he writes about how, wrong medicines, can affect our body and mind. Which drew an angry “Alors!

Feb 27, Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was an Assistant District Attorney. I could taste her and the light drew me near. There was something else I had to give considerable thought to before writing this review.

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 Up button.

The morning she died, I found myself lost once again.

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