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The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath Darkness Visible by William Styron The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon Prozac . Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. William Styron, Author Random House ( NY) $ (84p) ISBN 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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In a Vanity Fair articleWilliam Styron became one of the first celebrities to publicly acknowledge his battle with depression. The following year, he extended the piece into a memoir of the same name, Darkness Visible. His honest reflections on his experience touched people vosible a profound way, jumpstarting a sttyron dialogue about mental illness. Over the following decade, the Sophie’s Choice author became an advocate for, and a prominent face of, the depression awareness movement.

The following quotes about depression represent some of the most resonant passages in Darkness Visiblebased on highlights from ebook readers. Darknness one or more of these will resonate with you, too:.


On what depression is: On the origins of his own depression: 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 darkjess every hand. One dreads the loss of all things, all people close and dear. There is an acute fear of abandonment.

Illuminating depression

Being alone in the house, even for a moment, caused me exquisite panic and trepidation. On how depression feels: 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.

If there is mild relief, one knows that it is only temporary; more pain will follow. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. On the manifestations of depression: On the physical side of depression: It is a storm indeed, but a storm of murk. Soon evident are the slowed-down responses, near paralysis, psychic energy throttled back close to zero.

Ultimately, the body is affected and feels sapped, drained. The prevention of many suicides will continue to be hindered until there is a general awareness of the nature of this pain.


Through the healing process of time—and through medical intervention or hospitalization in many cases—most people survive depression, which may be its only blessing; but to the tragic legion who are compelled to destroy themselves there should be no more reproof attached than to the victims of terminal cancer. For more inspiration, watch visbile interview with William Styron and his psychologist, in which they discusses his journey.

Sign up for the Early Bird Books newsletter, and get the best daily ebook deals delivered straight to your inbox. Featured photo of William Styron: Author William’s Styron’s public fight with depression has byy others who have struggled with mental illness. Perhaps one or more of these will resonate with you, too: Darkness Visible By William Styron.

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