Elliot’s break from reality, and creating this unreliable narrator and seeing visions, or hallucinations, is that a by product of his mental illness? Or his drug use? Or is it a combination of both?
I think it would be a combination of both. That’s not very specific to dissociative identity disorder. That’s more paranoia, and another reason why people were misled to think Elliot was suffering from schizophrenia, that’s another sign of schizophrenia. Though with schizophrenia, it is more auditory hallucinations, and not visual. There were definitely times, and again anecdotally, they thought people were watching them. The guy across the street from us and tapping his foot, and putting his cigarette out at a certain place, that was him marking a territory. I would be hearing this stuff, and in a weird way, I would start to get paranoid. What if he is right? It is a slippery slope. So I used that in concert with drug addiction, where your judgment is totally impaired, and you start being a lot more susceptible to a lot of things.