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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Frankly, I was very, very good at my job. Perhaps one or more of these will resonate with you, too:. I believe William Styron contributed to this social change.

Everyone leaves their own legacy. I do recommend this book to anyone who may be confronting depression themselves or that of a family member or friend. Styron stresses that even if you have reached “despair beyond despair”, keep going. We can thank daughter Alexandra for that information. For me, it was a captivating story and also a way to learn new things.

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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. 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 thump This very small volume was not an easy read.

A last beer together. Having experienced this ‘darkness’ without remittance for most of my life, I had high hopes for this book- which he did deliver, and evident in his descriptions of feeling like a ‘husk’, and the fragile moments following a near-suicide attempt- “this sound, which like all music- indeed like all pleasure- I had been numbly unresponsive to for months, pierced my heart like a dagger, and in a flood of swift recollection I thought of all the joys the house had known By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

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. As he wilpiam, the wide variety of symptoms and idiosyncrasies of depression continue to make it difficult to treat. But I am different for having the experience I had. The following day, Styron checks himself into a hospital, which he had previously avoided on the advice of his psychiatrist, who harbors a strong opposition to institutional treatment.


Refresh and try again. He goes on to unflinchingly document his descent over gisible months into a bed-ridden, suicidal trance whose nadir found him minutes away from taking his own life, before he pulls himself back from the brink, and checks into a hospital, where, darknesss the tough, tireless support of family and friends, he slowly recovers.

And it argued from weathered experience that anyone wikliam from depression must not, whatever happens, give up — indeed, its closing pages are profoundly redemptive, offering hope and guidance to anyone who has been affected by the condition. I was first told I was dealing with depression during my divorce. I was a fine trial lawyer.

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 visihle.

With profound insight and remarkable candor, Styron tracks the progress of his madness, from the smothering misery and exhaustion, to the agony of composing his own suicide note and his eventual, hard-won recovery. I know that there’s no such thing as capital-D Depression, and that we xtyron experience it differently and maybe even differently throughout our own livesbut there was just something about Styron’s tone that really irked me.

Styron was so in tune with his body and his moods and because he had willjam laboring so hard to arrange his life around his mood disturbances, he was also quite aware that his trip to Paris would be a problem. I had a unique ability to talk with children. Clinical Depression is a darlness imbalance. If there is mild relief, one knows that it is only tempora This is a stirring memoir of Styron’s depression, which nearly killed him.

We are once again estranged.

Illuminating depression

A flight on the Concorde the next morning began a rigorous pyschiatric treatment. Styron is remarkable for styrpn revelation of his illness, it is the taking off the mask that those battling depression wear so well, for so long.

Being alone in the house, even for a moment, caused me exquisite panic and trepidation. And we need more of them. I had no reason for living.


His depression set in during middle age, when he was settled, married, and working. Quotes from Darkness Visible This is the point at which a simultaneous re-reading of Sylvia Plath became not so helpful, but provided an interesting sturon.

I would become a righter of wrongs. These types of endings give me the most joy, because they acknowledge that though our struggles really are awful in this moment, we still have so much to experience and to grow from in our journeys.

At first I was nervous about reading this book because my mother was bipolar, my paternal grandfather suffered from serious depression, and my sister died be William Styron is a beloved author having written such classics as The Confessions of Nat Turner and Sophie’s Choice.

But when it came time to write a suicide note, Styron struggled: Books by William Styron.

View all 3 comments. There was a limited pot of money. I would never say a bad word about her. As both a writer and someone who suffers varkness chronic depression, I see nothing romantic about the myth of the suffering artist.

Tears flowing copiously, leaning over the second floor balcony, I was overcome with darkness, the likes of which I had never experienced before. I would gradually be persuaded that devastating loss in childhood figured as a probable genesis of my own disorder; meanwhile, as I monitored my retrograde condition, I felt loss at every hand. View all 14 comments.

Depression affects around one in 10 people in the UK. It has made all the difference. It would be a couple of months before I regained my appetite for living.

Styron’s ability to eloquently describe how depression felt to him. Illuminating an illness that affects millions but which remains widely misunderstood, styrno book is about the darkness of depression, but it is also ultimately about survival and redemption. Yes, I am making a study of Styron’s life adrkness his works, a number of which I have read at this time, but not all of them.

Is there anything more self-destructive than depression?