33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Only could be done by one who was there.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (Paperback)
I have suffered from episodic depression since I was a boy. I have had insulin shock in 1966, and electric shock in 2000. Both times, I had become suicidal. In between, I drank heavily for some 20 years. When I quit, the depression returned, and I wish Styron had written more on that particular phenomenon. I am convinced alcohol abuse is unintended self-therapy for depression.
Othewise, the book is a gem. It describes as well as any work I have seen, the despair, confusion, and feeling of uselessness that attend this serious malady. Only after reading this, and two other books recommended by my psychiatrist, have I come to see that depression is an illness that can be treated, not a shameful lack of courage and discipline that can be used to further aggravate the condition itself. I hope never to go back where I've been, but books like Mr. Styron's have taught that help is there before things get out of control, if I do.
The highest possible recommendation is given, not only to sufferers but to their families and friends.