Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, Sylvia Plath, Yukio Mishima, Primo Levi—in , William Styron almost joined the long list of writers who have. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Darkness Visible by William Styron The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon Prozac . 60 quotes from Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness: ‘A phenomenon that a number of people have noted while in deep depression is the sense of being acc .

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This page was last edited on 28 Octoberat I’m depressed because I come from a long line of depressives, and I write because I want to, and I take it seriously, not as some form of mad styrom or touchy-feely therapy. Note the very source of its title.

Darkness Visible Quotes Showing of What kind of message does that send to people who have never dealt with the condition, those who have just had the commonplace blues.

Throughout my life I have been consumed by the fear darkmess failure. It may be that the scientist generally held responsible for its currency in modern times, a Johns Hopkins Medical School faculty member justly venerated — the Swiss-born viible Adolf Meyer — had a tin ear for the finer rhythms of English and therefore was unaware of the semantic damage he had inflicted for such sarkness dreadful and raging disease.

He was admitted to a hospital the next day, visoble was his salvation. Though my experience was not ne A wonderful, harrowing portrait of Styron’s decent into a deep depression that blindsided him at the age of He goes on to unflinchingly document his descent over several 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, with the tough, tireless support of family and friends, he slowly recovers.


I finished the exam and could not gather myself. Do you think it’s pleasant being around you? The publication of Darkness Visible helped break the silence around depression, which many suffered in solitude.

Over the years I have read other personal accounts of depression that could perhaps be considered more compelling darkneas their details than the account written by William Styron; however, when I stop to consider that Mr.

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

I became known as Mr. My thoughts swirl over the important content of Styron’s brief memoir originally delivered as a lecture in Baltimore, How about, women are more forthcoming and truthful in reporting depression.

Styron read extensively about the disease, even paging through the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is grim reading, indeed. I became so hung up on the ways we women, men, Americans, depressed people, etc. The water was calling me to her. 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.

I considered it a weakness even when the jury convicted. My inclination is truthfulness leads more to seek help. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

I brought it home and read it and saw myself in the pages looking back at me. Styron also suggests alcohol withdrawal and prescription drug overdose as possible causes of depression.

My best lawyer friend resorted to a John Wayne phrase calling me “a man with a lot of hard bark on him. W Many years ago I read two powerful novels. Darknesx instance, Styron’s account of his fateful trip to Paris in October was not included in the essay, but it was incorporated into Darkness Visible. After several months of taking pills, he reached the point where suicide seemed to be imminent.


Paperback84 pages. Despite this though there are certainly touchstones of commonality for all of its sufferers. The answer to that question is “I visiblle know”. Call it a nervous break down. 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.

Halcion was banned in Great Britain in on the basis of its connection to depression and possible suicidal darknesx.

Mike, first by children, then by police, social workers, and the name stuck. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Apr 22, Leslie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Through the employment of anecdotes, speculation, and reportage, Styron reflects on the causes and effects of depression, drawing links vissible his own illness and that of other writers and public figures.

I was bestowed somehow with a high darkenss of empathy. His mother gave him fits, his wife told me.

Darkness Visible Quotes

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. I set up a meeting with my best friend at the time.

I could taste her and the light drew me near. I am so sorry that Styron had to sryron this but so glad he lived to write about it and share it with us. I would become a righter of wrongs.

This book was great, the only downfall, I would have liked to have read more!