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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Loading comments… Trouble loading? Styron wrote about his experience almost lovingly. Styron remembers his brain jadness “under siege”, while his thoughts were repeatedly “engulfed by a toxic and unnameable tide”. The information contained in this little volume is too important to trust to hastily dashe Darkness Visible: There is an acute fear of abandonment.

So the decision-making of daily life involves not, as in normal affairs, shifting from one annoying situation to another less annoying- or from discomfort to relative comfort, or from boredom to activity- but moving from pain to pain. President Abraham Lincoln and activist Abbie Hoffman. It will resonate most profoundly with those who share his struggles, vosible its resonance will expand out to touch others. 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.

I will finish this review with a closing quote from Darkness Visible itself: But it is a fierce trial attempting to speak a few simple words. A wonderful, harrowing portrait of Styron’s decent into a deep depression that blindsided him at the age of Styron reveals his self medication with alcohol, perhaps an addiction, though he never calls it alcoholism. I drew upon some last gleam of sanity to perceive the terrifying dimensions of the mortal predicament I had fallen into.


Here is hope that your days are full of light. It took two lawyers to convince her of that. Eventually you will be delivered back to the capacity for serenity and joy.

Illuminating depression

Account Options Sign in. I was a man capable of great tenderness mixed with the ability to turn mean. There was a limited pot of money. However, Styron had already sought an appointment with a psychiatrist in New York. Many years ago I read two powerful novels. His mother gave him fits, his wife told me. That it was a place of peace where he could start to heal. I set up a meeting with my best friend at the time. He most identified with the feeling of loss as described in the literature: The end was inevitable.

On pp of the book, Styron shares what is, to me, the most accurate and compelling description of what it is like to live with depression as he relates preparing for a dinner party: We still have a lot of love to give and to receive from our world and those who inhabit it. In the intervening years, though I have long since extracted myself from the morass I was in then, I simply have never gotten around to picking up this book.

Want to Read saving…. But it is not an immediately identifiable pain, like that of a broken limb. Qilliam Styron —born in Newport News, Virginia, was one of the greatest American writers of his generation.


Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

I wore a mask. The President of the Board had succeeded in removing two Directors preceding my taking the position. The longer one keeps his or her ailment a secret out of either shame, fear, or apathy, the lower his or her chances of recovery will be, and the more likely he or she will succumb to the condition’s symptoms, especially suicide.

The bad included not only the time Styron so articulately described in this work, but in his continuing battle clinical depression. Restoration to health requires a combination of psychological therapy and psychiatric pharmacology.

For example, he acknowledges that his suicidal impulses were probably magnified by the high doses of benzodiazepines prescribed by his psychiatrist; these drugs have lf now been largely replaced.

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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

Not without a near-crisis, and not without a lot of help. The severe and irreducible feelings of hopelessness, the downward spiral which is self-perpetuating both feel frighteningly familiar. There he must, despite the anguish devouring his brain, present a face approximating the one that is associated with ordinary events and companionship.

You have to read it to fully comprehend its importance and significance. Everyone should give this book a read, if only to understand those in your life who may be suffering from depression right now. A quote that captures just daarkness snapshot of his turmoil: