Thought Catalog

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1.

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

2.

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

3.

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

4.

It is in my head! That’s why it’s…

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