What Made You Crazy in 1864?

Reasons for admission to a “lunatic asylum”

I stumbled across this gem recently 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, and certainly far more exciting than my own hospitalizations for depression, these would be my top 10 picks:

  • jealousy and religion (why are those two combined?)

And there needs to be another top picks list for troubles of the female variety that landed people in the loony bin:

  • ill treatment by husband

Then we have another gem.

Out of these causes of death from 1632, my top 10 most fascinating are:

  • affrighted (I suppose that’s where the phrase scared to death came from)

Today’s world is just so boring.

Originally published at https://mentalhealthathome.org on February 24, 2020.

Mental health blogger | Former MH nurse | Living with depression | Author of 3 books, latest is Managing the Depression Puzzle | mentalhealthathome.org

Mental health blogger | Former MH nurse | Living with depression | Author of 3 books, latest is Managing the Depression Puzzle | mentalhealthathome.org