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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Styron call the condition of the person suffering unrelenting depression?
(a) A sure suicide.
(b) Potentially criminal people.
(c) The position of being in a black fog.
(d) The situation of the walking wounded.

2. What does Styron say is absent in depression that causes it to be so difficult to endure?
(a) Good hospitals.
(b) Doctors who know what to do.
(c) Medicine to treat it.
(d) The hope of deliverance is absent and makes it almost impossible to endure.

3. For Styron, what do the black whirling stars of Van Gogh represent?
(a) The darkness of depression.
(b) The beauty of the night sky.
(c) The everlasting nature of man's soul.
(d) Precursors of his plunge into dementia and self-annihilation.

4. What happens to persons in physical pain that is not experienced with mental pain?
(a) Mental pain doesn't disable one as much as physical pain.
(b) Ones in physical pain receive medicine but don't get better.
(c) Depression hurts worse.
(d) A superhuman ability to endure physical pain for a time.

5. Though depression tends to recur, what advantage do sufferers of recurrence have?
(a) They know the best doctors and hospitals to use.
(b) Their family knows what to do for them.
(c) They are already on medicines.
(d) They know it is curable and know how to work through it.

6. Styron compares the theories about depression to the theories about what?
(a) Evolution.
(b) Creation.
(c) The world is square/round debate.
(d) Dinosaurs and Black Holes.

7. To what does Styron compare medical treatment for depression?
(a) To the early evolution of dinosaurs.
(b) To a child's early life.
(c) To cancer treatment.
(d) To fighting infection before the discovery of penicillin.

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

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

10. How did Lincoln attempt to vanquish death due to his own hand?
(a) Through his work that was valued by posterity.
(b) By being the best family man he could.
(c) By taking medicines prescribed to him.
(d) By declaring war.

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

12. What is so frustrating about depression for artists, musicians, and scientists?
(a) It interferes with their work.
(b) Frequent hospitalizations with their depresion interrupts their lives.
(c) The inability to explain and convey it to others who haven't had it.
(d) It affects many of their families.

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

14. What term does Styron use to describe his depression?
(a) A black tempest.
(b) A hole in his heart.
(c) A deep hole.
(d) An excruciating pain.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What reaction does Styron have to group therapy?

2. Why does Styron consult with Dr. Gold, who he didn't feel could really help him?

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

4. What does Styron believe he needs to get well that can be provided by the hospital?

5. For Styron, what is the most devastating loss of physical functions?

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