Year: 1989 Source: Vanity Fair, v.52, no.12, (Dec. 1989), p.212-215, 278-286 SIEC No: 19900256

This article by author, William Styron, describes his long bout of depression & suicidality. He describes the suicides of several famous people (for example, Abbie Hoffman), & the denial of suicide by family & friends. Styron is annoyed at the stigma attached to suicide, & the lack of understanding surrounding depression – a word he believes does not portray the intensity of this medical illness. Most of this article describes his personal experiences with depression. (VM)