reasons for admission to a lunatic asylum in 1864
Mental health

What Made You Lunatic Asylum-Level 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. There was certainly no DSM around at the time, and diagnosis was a bit of… Continue reading What Made You Lunatic Asylum-Level Crazy in 1864?

Mental health

Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond

Public domain 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… Continue reading Early Insane Asylums – Bedlam and Beyond