Insane Asylums

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The true stories behind insane asylums are far more horrifying than the pictures and movies society has displayed. These were places where the mentally ill were supposed to go to get well and not to be tortured. Insane asylums have become an icon of terror and misery in American culture. During the 1800s people were admitted to insane asylums for many reasons, some of which are astonishing; jealousy and religion, laziness, novel reading, parents were cousins, asthma, bad whiskey, politics, masturbation, women trouble, greediness, small pox, female disease, epileptic fits, tobacco, bad company. These were only a few reasons. Children who acted out or had mental or physical disabilities were placed in insane asylums. Jones writes, “In 1872,…show more content…
She was forced into ice-cold baths, freezing nights, physical and mental abuse, and isolation. She decided to start acting normal and she noted “the more sanely I talked and acted the crazier I was thought to be” (Upton). She soon realized that it was easy to get into an insane asylum but impossible to get out. As a result of Bly’s adventure at Blackwell and her published stories she forced many positive changes to be made in insane asylums. She noted several patients at Blackwell were not crazy, the treatment was cruel, and the conditions were poor. The impact of insane asylums on America’s culture has flooded the nation with horror movies, books, and stories. Insane asylums were looked at like prisons. The insane were thought to be dangerous and incurable and were left to decay. In many paintings and movies patients are chained to walls, drugged, and forced to endure cruel treatment. When one looks at the backgrounds of insane asylums all over the world, it is easy to see why and where these stereotypes came…show more content…
Drug rehabilitation and geriatrics programs were also added in the 60s. Today insane asylums are known as Psychiatric Hospitals. It is not as easy to be committed to one today like it was in the 1800s. Today people are admitted to psychiatric facilities because of eating disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, suicidal behavior, and being harmful to themselves or others. The treatments used today are far better than years before. Psychotropic drugs are commonly prescribed to patients and counseling is suggested to
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