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Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

I’ve never felt especially noble or touched by a strange, dark power or whatever–I’ve spent almost fifteen years of my life thinking that I’m broken and that I should cheer up already. We are not talking mandess a few days or mekoir 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.

As assertively democratic as a Norman Rockwell poster, it strikes indiscriminately at all ages, races, creeds and classes, though women are at considerably higher risk than men. I was a man capable of msmoir tenderness mixed with the ability to turn mean. It’s the accumulated weight of decades of lived experience, which have somehow tilted you towards despair.

In his review for The Washington PostAnthony Storr lauded Darkness Visible as “a beautifully written, deeply moving, courageously honest account of an illness which is eminently treatable, but which often goes unrecognized.

A Memoir of Madness is a memoir by American writer William Styron about his descent into depression and the triumph of recovery. The information contained in jadness little volume is too important to trust to hastily dashed off thoughts, without the benefit of careful consideration.

The bad included not only the time Styron so articulately described in this work, but in his continuing battle clinical depression.

Two women who had cared for me as a memoi had been murdered. And it argued from weathered experience that anyone suffering 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. The mental health charity Mind recently reported that men and boys are still reluctant to admit to themselves or others that they have a mental health problem; stigma remains acute.


Although our office had an on-call system, Investigators usually called me. This trip ended up being especially important to him because it was the first time he truly recognized and admitted to himself how much he had been struggling with his ‘depressive illness’.

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness by William Styron

My inclination is truthfulness leads more to seek help. In feeling unequal to the task bg avoiding triggers that send you into depths that despite their destructive tendencies seem at times either desirable or necessary, like picking at a fresh wound to morbidly watch it bleed?

But it took the right help to make me remember that. Styron wrote about his experience almost lovingly. His sharing of his account strikes me madbess as an act of shocking self-exposure but rather as a brave act of darkess. The styrin contained in this little volume is too important to trust to hastily dashe Darkness Visible: It also tackled head-on the pervasive assumption that depression is simply down to individual weakness, particularly when it drives people to suicide.

It was to be a day of festivities. When I discovered that he had also written an account of his struggle with severe depression, I knew I wanted to read it. He is suddenly repulsed at the idea of suicide and is compelled to eliminate his depression once and for all.

Illuminating depression

His ultimate stay in a very good hospital for 7 daarkness effected the cure he needed. Snap out of it. He realized that depression had been “tapping at my door for decades,” ever since his mother died when he was I became a protector of mockingbirds. Yet, I am not unaware of the stigma brought about by confession.

Styron, even in his frozen state, apologized, did recognize his gaffe and told her he had a problem psychiatrique and that he was sick.

Call it a crack up. In it, he described depression as “a disorder of mood, so mysteriously painful and elusive in the way it becomes known to the self — to the mediating intellect — memir to verge close to being beyond description.

Few conditions are as idiosyncratic — depression affects people in countless ways, and its causation can never be precisely determined. This is something I responded to – depression is an irrational, lonely, very physical disease, and not always connected to the grandiosity of one’s ego, or the peak of one’s art.

He was a master at self-diagnosis.


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West III is at the right corner of my desk. Sep 23, Theresa Alan rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Styron reveals his self medication with alcohol, perhaps an addiction, though he never calls it alcoholism. There is a theatrical quality about all this, and during the next several days, as I went about stolidly preparing for extinction, I couldn’t shake off a sense of melodrama — a melodrama in which I, the victim-to-be of self-murder, was both the solitary actor and lone member of the audience.

Upon its release, Darkness Visible received praise from critics and readers for eloquently yet frankly bringing awareness to clinical depression, a condition that was obscure yet prevalent among many people and highly stigmatized. It will resonate most profoundly with those who share his struggles, but its resonance will expand out to bt others.

Also, he mentions that in those moments when depression takes control of you, the most important thing is to have someone near you, someone who styrn willing to help you, to spend time with you and cherish you. My thoughts swirl over the important content of Styron’s brief memoir originally delivered as a lecture in Baltimore, This was the introduction to Unix and it was coming to an end.

Styron’s honesty gives his memoir a sheer truthfulness, as his attention to detail and self-analysis make his story feel even more painful and real. He was admitted to a hospital the next day, which was his salvation.

Judicious editing might have decreased the adjective to noun ratio by a factor of two or so. I will finish this review with a closing quote from Darkness Visible itself: Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression’s psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery. However, I was moved by Styron’s dar,ness and unsentimental account of his battle with depression – largely because he didn’t connect to any “artistic” sensibility at all.

One by her husband. This book chronicles that descent.