REasons to be admitted into an insane asylum

United States
October 9, 2016 1:16am CST
Saw this list posted on facebook earlier and wanted to search it out for myself so I could post a link to it here. Some of the things listed don't make much sense, whether from a difference of phrasing between then and now, or because it's a very ridiculous reason to be placed in such a place. I think the saddest of them all is being placed in an asylum as a means desertion by a husband. I've read about the less than stellar environments of these asylums. Many people were put in there for no good reason what so ever, but back then there wasn't much room for differences of opinion or out spoken behaviors. What reason from the list do you think is the most ridiculous?
After viewing this list of what could have gotten you admitted to West Virginia’s Hospital for the Insane (Weston) aka Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum back in the late-1800s, I’ve swiftly concluded that the criteria was rather all-encompassing. Who among us
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
9 Oct 16
Asthma is ridiculous, this is a disease and surely placing someone in an asylum was of no help at all. Anyway in the past it is exactly as @Asylum said. It was a mean of disposing of people.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
9 Oct 16
These days they are reserved for people like myself.
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
9 Oct 16
@Asylum They should not, there are still a lot of people around who should been put there. We have a BIG example in the US right now.
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
9 Oct 16
@LadyDuck Sending Donald Trump there would not be fair to the other residents. There are laws governing such treatment of patients these days.
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Oct 16
Most all of them are ridiculous.
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• United States
9 Oct 16
I think "Hysteria" Is the most offensive. Women were meant to be meek and pretty, and there was no room for them to be anything but! I am sure most, if not all of the women admitted for that reason, had no reason at all to be there!
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Oct 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum ......I'm many didn't. And with these vague reasons I am sure they used it to their advantage too many times.
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• United States
14 Oct 16
@celticeagle Yes there was definitely no regulations for admittance. I am sure money talked more than anything.
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@Corbin5 (106566)
• United States
9 Oct 16
How fortunate we are that we escaped being in that time period. Brutal back then.
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@Corbin5 (106566)
• United States
9 Oct 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum We have made advances in treatment in that electroconvulsive shock is used rarely as well as insulin-shock, but the stigma regarding mental illness is still alive and well. However, the mental health professionals still haven't much of a clue on how to treat patients effectively.
@topffer (34162)
• France
9 Oct 16
The main aberrant thing is the date of the list, "late 1800's". In Europe there was no more "moral treatment" since the 1870's in insane asylums, so nobody was put in an asylum in the late 1800's for things like "immoral life", "laziness", "novel reading", "politics", "religious enthusiasm", etc. but there are still a few cases of unjustified internments asked by families today, except that there is a legal action possible.
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• United States
9 Oct 16
Yes, atleast today the asylums are much more humane and there has to be psychological evalutations to decide if a person needs an asylum.
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@RitzzView (2765)
• India
10 Oct 16
So hard to even find this true. Seems like all of us deserves to be in insane asylum according to that list
• United States
14 Oct 16
True, if regulations weren't put in place? I'd imagine the majority of the world's population would be in an insane asylum.
@RitzzView (2765)
• India
14 Oct 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum Maybe for those days... People acted differently...
@ms1864 (6986)
• Bangalore, India
9 Oct 16
I wonder what they mean by "Time of Life"? This list would make the world fall under insane. ...
• United States
9 Oct 16
menopause maybe?
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@ms1864 (6986)
• Bangalore, India
10 Oct 16
Maybe.
@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
9 Oct 16
Historically such establishments were often used as a means of simply disposing of people.
• United States
9 Oct 16
Unfortunately, this is true. It reminds me of a movie I watched once, I forget the name of it. A lady was sent into the asylum by her husband, they didn't outright say it but I think the admission was for "hysteria."
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@Asylum (48281)
• Manchester, England
9 Oct 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum It was most common among wealthy landowners because nobody would argue with such people in those days.
@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
9 Oct 16
For me the main reason of being in an insane asylum , is because one is already insane .
• United States
9 Oct 16
Yes but that wasn't a very definitive term back in the 1800;s,
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
10 Oct 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum Oh that is sad because a normal person with some problems cannot be placed in a facility of insane .
@LoriAMoore (4813)
• United States
11 Oct 16
Ewww, weird. Cool weird, but weird.
• United States
14 Oct 16
Weird? Yes. Mostly Sad though, as so many people were put into an asylum for no good reason at all.
@JESSY3236 (6537)
• United States
10 Oct 16
Kicked in the head by a horse, really? I guess I would be sent there because I do love to read books.
• United States
14 Oct 16
As long as a comfy chair was brought in, I'd be fine. I don't know how I'd stay away from the torture (and I've read some horrendous accounts of the goings on in those places). Kicked in the head by a horse though, I can almost see that. I'd imagine if someone were to survive that they may be a bit off in the head, or not able to tend to themselves. I imagine sending someone to an insane asylum was much cheaper than having a doctor tend to them.
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@jstory07 (67162)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Oct 16
Those are a lot of good and some strange reasons.
• United States
9 Oct 16
I wouldn't use the word good, but strange for sure.