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Friday, November 3, 2006

Styron interview available on Waltham group's site

WALTHAM

The late Author William Styron and his wife discussed their journey through his depression and treatment with a Waltham group.

William Styron, who died of pneumonia Wednesday at his Martha's Vineyard home, was best known as a novelist and the author of "Sophie's Choice."

He also battled depression in the last three decades of his life.

In 2001, he and his wife Rose talked to the Waltham-based organization Families for Depression Awareness about their experiences with diagnosis and treatment. The interview is posted on the group's website.

"When you are in this ghastly mood disorder, you don't think you're going to recover. The absence of hope is almost universal," Styron said.

Rose, who was his primary caretaker during two depressive episodes which resulted in hospital stays, says the closeness of their family helped them weather the lowest points.

Families for Depression Awareness is dedicated to helping families recognize and deal with the mood disorders of a loved one. Their web site, familyaware.org, offers information on mental health resources and advice, as well as profiles of other families dealing with depression and bipolar disorder.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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