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These 12 haunting pictures from old mental institutions…

These 12 haunting pictures from old mental institutions guaranteed to creep you out!

REASONS FOR ADMISSIONWEST VIRGINIA HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE…

REASONS FOR ADMISSION

WEST VIRGINIA HOSPITAL FOR THE INSANE (WESTON)

OCTOBER 22, 1864 to DECEMBER 12, 1889

  1. Amenorrhea
  2. Asthma
  3. Bad company
  4. Bad habits & political excitement
  5. Bad whiskey
  6. Bite of a rattle snake
  7. Bloody flux
  8. Brain fever
  9. Business nerves
  10. Carbonic acid gas
  11. Carbuncle
  12. Cerebral softening
  13. Cold
  14. Congestion of brain
  15. Constitutional
  16. Crime
  17. Death of sons in the war
  18. Decoyed into the army
  19. Deranged masturbation
  20. Desertion by husband
  21. Diphtheria
  22. Disappointed affection
  23. Disappointed love
  24. Disappointment
  25. Dissipation of nerves
  26. Dissolute habits
  27. Dog bite
  28. Domestic affliction
  29. Domestic trouble
  30. Doubt about mother’s ancestors
  31. Dropsy
  32. Effusion on the brain
  33. Egotism
  34. Epileptic fits
  35. Excessive sexual abuse
  36. Excitement as officer
  37. Explosion of shell nearby
  38. Exposure & hereditary
  39. Exposure & quackery
  40. Exposure in army
  41. Fall from horse
  42. False confinement
  43. Feebleness of intellect
  44. Fell from horse
  45. Female disease
  46. Fever
  47. Fever & loss of law suit
  48. Fever & nerved
  49. Fighting fire
  50. Fits & desertion of husband
  51. Gastritis
  52. Gathering in the head
  53. Greediness
  54. Grief
  55. Gunshot wound
  56. Hard study
  57. Hereditary predisposition
  58. Ill treatment by husband
  59. Imaginary female trouble
  60. Immoral life
  61. Imprisonment
  62. Indigestion
  63. Intemperance
  64. Interference
  65. Jealousy
  66. Jealousy & religion
  67. Kick of horse
  68. Kicked in the head by a horse
  69. Laziness
  70. Liver and social disease
  71. Loss of arm
  72. Marriage of son
  73. Masturbation & syphilis
  74. Masturbation for 30 years
  75. Medicine to prevent conception
  76. Menstrual deranged
  77. Mental excitement
  78. Milk fever
  79. Moral sanity
  80. Novel reading
  81. Nymphomania
  82. Opium habit
  83. Over action on the mind
  84. Over heat
  85. Over study of religion
  86. Over taxing mental powers.
  87. Parents were cousins
  88. Pecuniary losses: worms
  89. Periodical fits
  90. Political excitement
  91. Politics
  92. Puerperal
  93. Religious enthusiasm
  94. Religious excitement
  95. Remorse
  96. Rumor of husband’s murder or desertion
  97. Salvation army
  98. Scarlatina
  99. Seduction
  100. Seduction & disappointment
  101. Self abuse
  102. Severe labor
  103. Sexual abuse and stimulants
  104. Sexual derangement
  105. Shooting of daughter
  106. Smallpox
  107. Snuff
  108. Snuff eating for two years
  109. Softening of the brain
  110. Spinal irritation
  111. Sun stroke
  112. Sunstroke
  113. Superstition
  114. Suppressed masturbation
  115. Suppression of menses
  116. Tabacco & masturbation: hysteria
  117. The war
  118. Time of life
  119. Trouble
  120. Uterine derangement
  121. Venereal excesses
  122. Vicious vices in early life
  123. Women
  124. Women trouble
  125. Young lady & fear

Five Danish soldiers with a 37mm anti-tank gun…

Five Danish soldiers with a 37mm anti-tank gun outside Hertug Hansgades Hospital in Haderslev on the morning of 9 April 1940.

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In the Danish 2015 war movie “9. April”, they recreated this image nearly perfectly in one of their scenes: https://streamable.com/xayhb

Nurses with newborns at a hospital in Paris, January 1, 1946.

Nurses with newborns at a hospital in Paris, January 1, 1946.

New Year’s Eve in the Kashchenko Psychia…

New Year’s Eve in the Kashchenko Psychiatric Hospital in Moscow, Soviet Union

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An operation being conducted in the Boston Cit…

An operation being conducted in the Boston City Hospital operating theater, Boston, Massachusetts, ca. 1890

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The Evening Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, September 8, 1937

The Evening Sun, Baltimore, Maryland, September 8, 1937

Valley Morning Star, Harlingen,Texas, December 7, 1940

Valley Morning Star,

Harlingen,Texas, December 7, 1940

A Patient Sits in a Worn Straitjacket, taken in Pilgrim State…

A Patient Sits in a Worn Straitjacket, taken in Pilgrim State Hospital , in Brentford, New York, 1938

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Before medications and counseling, not many doctors, if any at all, knew how to handle people with mental illness. They tried a variety of cruel treatments, such as trephination (drilling holes into the skull, often to “let the evil spirits out”), moral treatment, forced vomiting and purging and exorcisms. In the later years – insulin therapy, electric shock and lobotomies.

The straitjacket was considered as one of these treatments. It grew increasingly common as it was seen as a more humane way to restraint a patient from injuring themselves or others – rather than ropes and chains.

The straitjacket has fallen out of use in our modern age, as they are extremely painful to wear for long periods of time – blood pools up in the elbows, causing swelling. The hands became numb from poor circulation, and the stiffness in the arms and shoulders will cause extreme pain over a long period of time. Not to mention, they were easier to get out of. The use of medical, padded restraints have proven to be safer, more secure, and less damaging to the patient.

Eerie vintage portrait photos of psychiatric patients from a…

Eerie vintage portrait photos of psychiatric patients from a French asylum in the 1880s.