The King In Yellow by R.W. Chambers.
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The Yellow King and Mental Illness

Honestly, I tried about a hundred different ways to come up with a snappier title for today’s incredible, heart-wrenchingly sad tale of a man in Maryland descending into clinical insanity (or, I guess, assumed clinical insanity, but the evidence is pretty damning) while friends and family stand by with their hands tied. Because of Maryland’s strict involuntary institutionalization laws, this unnamed man–who we are told used to work on Capital Hill earning six figures–hasn’t been given proper psychiatric care, because he refuses to leave his house and isn’t presently a danger to himself or others.

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