Our Mental Facilities 1800's project

February 24, 2014

Reflecting on the project (Chloe)

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Adams, Chloe @ 11:26 am

When I started this project I had very little knowledge about this topic. I thought that mental hospitals were about the same as the hospitals we have today, but as I started to learn more about this topic I realized I was very wrong. As I started to learn more about this particular topic I […]

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Reflecting on the project (Gabi)

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Roehr, Gabriella @ 11:10 am

I started out this project having little knowledge on the subject. I thought that mental hospitals in the 1800’s were just like normal hospitals, I was very wrong. As I learned more about the topic I gained more of an understanding of how things really were in the mental hospitals; horrible conditions, and unfair treatments. […]

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February 21, 2014

Stories From the Mental Hospital

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Roehr, Gabriella @ 11:22 am

Here are a collection of wild stories I found about instances in a mental hospital. These stories could be made nowhere else but in the mental hospital. Some are horrifying and some are just down right funny. Enjoy…. In Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island the doctors used to shock the patients with insulin and metrozol and […]

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Womens rights in the asylum and out of the asylum.

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Adams, Chloe @ 11:07 am

In the early 1800’s women had very little rights, they could not vote, or own property, women were actually considered property.  So when they got married or was a child there farther or husband could do what ever to them so that also has a big impact on how and why they were put into […]

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Patients life

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Roehr, Gabriella @ 11:01 am

In 1830 the treatment called the “moral treatment” was used to treat mentally ill people. It made it so the patients could be comfortable and happy while staying at the mental hospital. So I got to thinking, I’ve done posts in the past talking about the treatments and conditions of the mental asylums, but I […]

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What did men do in the asylum?

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Adams, Chloe @ 10:35 am

As I was going through my research, all the articles I have seen were about women and children, so I got thinking like were men put into the asylum or just worked there? Men were put in to the asylum for many reasons some being dipsomaniac (drinking problem), Imbecility (is a form of retardation) , Hallucination […]

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February 20, 2014

The Forgotten Children

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Roehr, Gabriella @ 11:03 am

151 children were brought to Worcester County Asylum during the years of  1854 and 1900. They were all under the age of 17. The conditions were in this hospital and other children’s hospitals were awful.  The children were treated the exact same way as adult psychiatric patients. This contributed to the children patients being unstable, wild, undisciplined […]

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The conditions of mental facilities in the 1800’s.

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Adams, Chloe @ 10:39 am

“confined in this Commonwealth in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens! Chained, beaten with rods, lashed into obedience.” said, Dorothea dix(1) I looked at a lot of pictures and paintings for this time period and I can infer  from seeing these pictures that they were not clean, they were disorganized,and  keep everything in a cluster. They […]

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February 19, 2014

Abandoned Suitcases

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Roehr, Gabriella @ 11:10 am

As I was doing my research I became curious, wondering what belongings, if any, could these patients bring with them. What I found was this amazing website with pictures of all these old suitcases that the staff working at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane came across when they were closing the asylum. All of […]

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Why did they put women and kids in mental sanatoriums

Filed under: Uncategorized —— Adams, Chloe @ 10:35 am

In the early 1800’s wives and daughters often became institutionalized because the did not obey their husbands or fathers,(1) one example of this is when a women named Mrs.Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard was abducted on her husband’s orders and taken to the insane asylum in Jacksonville, Illinois,”  (2) just because her husband did not want […]

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