Analysis Of ' Darkness Visible '

1542 Words Oct 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Mayu Sugikawa
PSYC 238 – Abnormal Psychology
Assignment 2: Mental Health Autobiography
Depression is the leading mental illness worldwide, affecting millions of people every day. As one of the most common mental illnesses, it can occur to anyone, at any age, and to people of any race or ethnic group. With his book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness, William Styron became of the first people to publicly acknowledge his struggling battle with depression. Darkness Visible is an intense and haunting account of Styron’s own suicidal depression in which he reminds us of the toll that this dreadful illness can have on an individual. As Styron describes his own descent into depression, he tells about the place that he was in, “the despair beyond despair” as he describes it to be. Since its publication, his memoir has been appreciated throughout the world and become a helping hand for people around the world who are suffering from depression. Styron’s description of his experiences resonates with people in a deep and profound way, turning his work into an advocate for the movement for the awareness for depression
In Darkness Visible, William Styron writes of his deeply personal struggle through depression. He recounts his own thoughts and feelings that he experienced and describes the journey it took to emerge on the other side as he recovered. The book begins on a chilly evening in Paris in late October of 1985 as William Styron becomes aware of the seriousness of his…
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