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Insanity from the Patient's Point of View


After an interval of nearly six years from my recovery, I am describing from the patient's point of view an attack of confusional or stuporose insanity which lasted for five months. No notes have previously been made of my recollections, but as the period of my lapse from sanity stands out in my memory like a well-remembered dream, little difficulty is experienced in recalling my ideas and feelings at the time. A selection from these is made and they are joined together to form a consecutive history, which, indeed, the whole experience seemed as I lived it. Unlike a dream, the sense of time and its passage was present. My delusions also, were distortions of things presenting themselves to my senses and not solely a tangle of ideas subjectively produced, as dreams for the most part seem to be.

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The British Journal of Psychiatry
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  • EISSN: 2514-9946
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