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A few years back, whilst in an episode, I began writing what turned out to be a Novella-length story that was about the world as I saw it when in that state. I'm not typically a writer but this came out pretty good in so much as the way I described things and the things I noticed etc. I couldn't get close to it if asked to do it again right now.
I find it really interesting and would love to get it published, in truth, as I think those kinds of things are not only fascinating (even to me and it was happening to me!) but very insightful as to the actual lived experience of it.

I also read a book called "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which was quite similar in how it described things and I would love to read more things like this. But let me be clear: this is about the warped way the mind percieves things rather than a "I felt depressed and this is what I did" kind of thing. If anyone has any input on either of these things I'd appreciate that.
 
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I would suggest reading a few other books in similar vein such as

Matt Haig "Reasons to Stay Alive"
 
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I've read that, and many others like it. I didn't like it at all. It felt like such a light version of mental illness, like someone had had depression once and then decided to write about their "ordeal". It was too light and as I said, I'm looking more so for the experience of psychosis via description (e.g: the way the curtains move, or the patterns in the wallpaper etc). Thanks for the suggestion anyway.
 
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