Mental health, Uncategorized

What Made You Crazy in 1864?

I stumbled across this gem courtesy of Kate et al. of Colour of Madness.  It lists reasons people were admitted to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia in its first 25 years of existence, from 1864 to 1889. While they're all pretty special, these would be my top 10 picks (I apologize to… Continue reading What Made You Crazy in 1864?

Mental health

Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond

This post is a follow-up of sorts to a guest post I did recently on Renard's World.  While that post focused on the dark side of psychiatry in the 1900s, in this post we'll look even further back in history at some of the frightening goings-on in early asylums to "treat" people with psychiatric illnesses.… Continue reading Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond