Darkness Visible - Study Guide Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

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Styron moves from some of the emotional stigma associated with depression to some of the physical ramifications of the disease. Starting with the actual name, Styron suggests that a more appropriate name for the affliction would be brainstorm because that is essentially what is taking place. That word is used to mean just the opposite of Styron's use for it so the author resigns himself to the term depression until something more suitable evolves.

Styron also honestly admits to a long-term reliance on alcohol and Halcion, which contributed to his depressed state. Normally used for the mitigation of anxiety and depression, the substances were only worsening Styron's condition.

As Styron worked to rid his body of chemical substances, he battled anxiety attacks and periods of complete ambivalence toward things and events, which normally would have filled him with hopefulness and joy. Styron describes the internal process as...

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