Darkness Visible

Darkness Visible

A Memoir of Madness

eBook - 2010
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In the summer of 1985, William Styron became numbed by disaffection, apathy, and despair, unable to speak or walk while caught in the grip of advanced depression. His struggle with the disease culminated in a wave of obsession that nearly drove him to suicide, leading him to seek hospitalization before the dark tide engulfed him. Darkness Visible tells the story of Styron's recovery, laying bare the harrowing realities of clinical depression and chronicling his triumph over the disease that had claimed so many great writers before him. This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.
Publisher: New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2010
ISBN: 9781936317295
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill


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Mar 08, 2017

This is a fascinating look by a very erudite man into his own depression. We all know someone who suffers from this horrific disease. Be forewarned, however. Everyone's experience is different and someone who is depressed and reads this may be misled by Styron's own self-diagnosis and conclusions as to what led to his depression and how to "fix" it. However, it is helpful for someone who loves a depressed person to read this. Very insightful.

Feb 17, 2015

I read this very quickly (in about an hour or so). It is an honest look at one person's struggle with depression. I think the author does a great job and telling his story, but also in letting the reader know that his struggles are his own and that others may have different symptoms and that not all treatments work for everyone. I found it particularly telling in that prior to his mental illness, Styron admitted he couldn't understand someone taking their own life (which I think many people who haven't suffered from depression also feel) but while in his depression nearly did so. To me that speaks volumes to the seriousness of mental illness and the reason why 25 years after this book was written we still need to keep talking about it.

JCLBeckyC Nov 29, 2014

Styron's masterpiece about his descent into clinical depression. This short memoir is beautifully written despite the dark subject matter. Gives hope to those who suffer with clinical depression or other socially isolating mental illnesses. Highly recommended.

Oct 24, 2012

one of the best books on depression by someone who lived it and his take on the doctors and too much medication

Jul 06, 2012

A very astute look into depression. I am amazed that the author was able to write so vividly aobut his depression. Obviously written once he had resumed some semblence of mental health.

Oct 15, 2010

This is THE book to read for anyone who wants to understand depression. Strangely enough, it is comforting for those experiencing severe depression.

As Dan Hill recently wrote:

"Rather than psychiatrist's, writers - for example, William Styron in his gripping and jagged Darkness Visible-A Memoir of Madness-consistently come closer to deconstructing depression"
- Dan Hill, Me and My Shrinks, article in Maclean's, Oct 18, 2010, Vol 123, No 10


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