Depression can be onset with suddenchanges in personality. Keyes explains the absence of happiness in Charlie’slife by using dark imagery to describe his spiraling depression, caused by hisadvanced intellect. Keyes, in Charlie’s voice, writes “shadows out of the pastclutch at my legs and drag me down. I open my mouth to scream, but I amvoiceless”. The harrowing description ofCharlie’s emotions allude to his progressing depression. Charlie feeling likehe is being “dragged down” and “voiceless” perpetuates the idea of unhappiness;as he is being squandered by his intelligence.
A research study, conducted byMensa, found that “intelligent peoplewith “hyper brains” are more reactive to environmental stimulus and thatmay predispose them to certain psychological disorders as well as physiologicalconditions.” Depression is widely recognized as a psychological condition.The study supports the reason of Charlie’s depression as the cause is his amplified intellect. Charlie furtherexplains “the feeling of cold grayness everywhere around him…surrounded byno hope.
..the feeling of living death—or worse, of never having been fullyalive and knowing”.
Phrasing his sentences with words like “cold”, “grayness”, “nohope” and “death” establish a sense of misery in Charlie that was nonexistent beforehis surgery. Charlie using sad words showcases his unhappiness with life as hissentences are missing words like “excited”, “happy” and “friendship” that heused before his surgery. The final straw indicating Charlie’s depression ariseswhen he considers “suicide to stop it all now while he is still in control.” Thecontemplation of suicide showcases the severity of Charlie’s mental state,since he is unable to cope with the surgery that he underwent.
Charlie is nolonger grateful for his intelligence but rather miserable, because it impactedhis life, that was once happy, negatively. Thus, the cause of his depression indicatesthat copious amounts of intelligence leads to dolor.