" Wallace committed suicide by hanging himself on September 12, 2008.
In an interview with The New York Times, Wallace's father reported that Wallace had suffered from depression for more than 20 years and that antidepressant medication had allowed him to be productive.
When he experienced severe side effects from the medication,Wallace attempted to wean himself from his primary antidepressant, phenelzine.
On his doctor's advice, Wallace stopped taking the medication in June 2007,and the depression returned.
Wallace received other treatments,
including electroconvulsive therapy.
When he returned to phenelzine, he found it had lost its effectiveness.
In the months before his death, his depression became severe."
David Foster Wallace
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is an essay by David Foster Wallace, first published in book form by
Little, Brown and Company in 2009.
The text originates from a commencement speech given by Wallace at Kenyon College on May 21, 2005.
Before Little, Brown’s publication, a transcript of the speech circulated around the Internet. The essay was also published in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006.
This essay covers subjects including “the difficulty of empathy,” “the importance of being well adjusted,” and
“the essential lonesomeness of adult life."
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