40 Dark And Haunting Quotes About Mental Illness

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For eight years I was an inmate in a state asylum for the insane. During those years I passed through such unbearable terror that I deteriorated into a wild, frightened creature intent only on survival. And I survived. I was raped by orderlies, gnawed on by rats and poisoned by tainted food. I was chained in padded cells, strapped into strait-jackets and half-drowned in ice baths. And I survived. The asylum itself was a steel trap, and I was not released from its jaws alive and victorious. I crawled out mutilated, whimpering and terribly alone. But I did survive.
—Frances Farmer


A nightmare has taken hold of my body. Lunacy has dug its way inside my mind.
—Amanda Steele


The scariest thing of all is never knowing what you’re suddenly going to believe.
—Neal Shusterman


It is in my head! That’s why it’s…

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16 Little Things A ‘Keeper’ Does Without Being Asked

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1. They pick you up from the airport. Depending on your job and where you’re at in life travel can be a rare treasure or a common annoyance. But it never gets so old that it’s not without the little thrill of landing and realizing your home again. You get to hug your loved one and sleep in your own bed. If you’re in a city where you have cars, it’s expected that they offer to pick you up. Who doesn’t want to come home after a long flight to the place they know they are so cared for they don’t even have to ask to be picked up?

2. They plan your birthday. One of the major perks of being in a relationship is having someone to celebrate life milestones with — like getting a year older. Your loved one should take the initiative to make sure something…

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10 Promises Writers Should Make To Themselves To Hang Onto Their Dignity

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1. I will use social media wisely. If I have work to share, I will share it. But I will never blog/tweet/Facebook about how hard writing is or how many words I wrote today. Nobody cares! And every time I get caught humblebragging (“I am overwhelmed by all the talent here at Yaddo!”), I will donate $10 to PEN.

2. I will not be a dick. Given the following conditions, I will always help other writers: (a) the other writer is deserving of help, that is, not a dick and talented; (b) the request is reasonable; and (c) the request does not greatly infringe upon my own time.

3. I will not surrender my autonomy to gatekeepers. I will not wait around for some magic agent or editor to magically make my career magical, especially when I can be writing, submitting and networking for myself. Nor will…

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21 Things That Happen When You Are Truly In Love With Someone

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1. You feel like it will take a lifetime to get to know them.

2. You fight. But you fight because you care. And understand your struggles make the relationship stronger in the long run, that nothing worth doing is easy.

3. You can picture them at 40, 50, 70, 90, and even 100 and what you see in your head still makes you smile with delight.

4. You love their flaws. Discovering a new quirk in them is like discovering a vast new universe.

5. Your sex is dirty. Your sex is passionate. Your sex is boring. Your sex is spiritual. Your sex is beyond dirty. Your sex is so fun. Your sex is silly. Essentially, you have an incredibly versatile sex life that is hard to define because you’re always switching it up and finding new ways to please each other.

6. You’re just as…

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