Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness
It has been on my TBR list for a while now and helps with a number of my challenges.
This short book basically is a literary look at depression. I am not sure what I was expecting from the author of such works as Lie Down in Darkness, The Confessions of Nat Turner, and Sophie’s Choice, but it was more depth then this. Styron writes beautifully about the indescribable pain of depression, about the horrible dangers of poorly administered anti-depression medications and about how for him stopping alcohol was the trigger to serious depression. What he does not talk about is how hospitalization made him well. What was it about that place which leads to his recovery? Was it merely the recognition of mis-medication or was it truly the hospital setting? I guess I was looking for more details in how he overcame his depression.