For Halloween This Year, I Was An Actual Mental Patient

This Halloween, I inadvertently decided to raise the "scare factor" by at least an order of magnitude -- not by visiting some "terrifying" roadside attraction or "haunted" mental hospital, but by becoming an actual mental patient (or as is more apt, an inmate) at a very real mental hospital -- in fact, at a legendarily awful New Jersey insane asylum. Perhaps I should start somewhere near the beginning as I relay the concatenation of events that led me to this traumatic Halloween surprise: For almost two full decades now, severe depression and a slightly-more-tolerable anxiety have been powerful ever-present and evolving forces in my life. Without getting into lurid details, I have made sever

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