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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What two things does Styron believe led to his depression?
(a) His wife's infidelity and the loss of his job.
(b) His mother's death and a hereditary factor through his father.
(c) His physical illness and his anxiety.
(d) Chemical dependence and illness.

2. What does Styron do to try and stop the hopeless feelings?
(a) Take long walks in the woods.
(b) Clung to familiar items like glasses and pens.
(c) Get his doctor to give him more medicine.
(d) Drink huge amounts of alcohol.

3. What is the third stage of psychological development in depression?
(a) Seclusion.
(b) Withdrawal.
(c) Suicide.
(d) Extreme fear of abandonment.

4. What does Styron say is the most important consideration in depression?
(a) Discovering what causes depressed people to commit suicide.
(b) Discovering how early diagnoses can be made or predicted.
(c) Discovering which medicines are most effective.
(d) Discovering a cure.

5. What famous poet does Styron name as an example of excellent works by a depressed person?
(a) Emily Dickinson.
(b) Emily Bronte.
(c) Robert Frost.
(d) Walt Whitman.

6. What does Styron's psychiatrist do that sends him into a deep depression?
(a) Tells him to leave his wife if he wanted to get better.
(b) Puts him in the hospital.
(c) Tells him he would have to wait ten days before starting his new medicine, and then it would take 6-8 weeks to work.
(d) Tells him he was never going to recover.

7. Why does Styron say he was betrayed the summer before he was hospitalized?
(a) His doctor treated him with the wrong drug.
(b) He could not longer drink any alcohol at all.
(c) His friends deserted him.
(d) His wife cheated on him.

8. What term does Styron give to the loss of a parent or something early in life?
(a) Incomplete mourning.
(b) Dark depression.
(c) Lifelong loss.
(d) Insurmountable loss.

9. What new approach does Styron's psychiatrist use?
(a) Psychoanalysis.
(b) Pharmacological, without physical and mental support.
(c) Disattachment therapy.
(d) DSM recommendations.

10. What therapies are used in the hospital?
(a) Shock treatment and medicines.
(b) No therapies; Styron just rested.
(c) Group therapy, art therapy, and watching TV shows.
(d) Medicines and psychotherapy.

11. According to Styron, what is the greatest fallacy about suicide?
(a) That people only have to "buck up."
(b) That suicide is a painless way to go.
(c) The idea that there is one particular cause.
(d) That all depressed people commit suicide.

12. Why does Styron say depression was no stranger when it came to him?
(a) He was friends with a psychiatrist who knew all about it.
(b) His wife had suffered from it for years.
(c) He had studied it in depth.
(d) It was in many of his writings and also his father had suffered from it.

13. From Job to Styron's day, he says artists and writers have been trying to do what?
(a) Build better relationships to overcome depression.
(b) Overcome the effects of depression that overcome artists.
(c) Explain the blackness of the fantasia of depression.
(d) Cheer up people who suffer from depression with their works.

14. What sort of people does Styron say is more prone to depression?
(a) Artistic people.
(b) People with above average intelligence.
(c) Poor people.
(d) People who have lost loved ones.

15. What events led to Abraham Lincoln suffering depression and even attempting suicide?
(a) Slavery in the South.
(b) The Civil War.
(c) The death of his mother when he was 9 and his sister 10 years later.
(d) His wife's infidelity.

Short Answer Questions

1. What three brand-name items does Styron use to destroy his diary?

2. What is a daily presence during the depth of Styron's depression?

3. What is the second stage of psychological development in depression?

4. For Styron, what do the black whirling stars of Van Gogh represent?

5. In addition to anxiety, what other characteristic of depression becomes manifest?

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