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Frightening Look At The Old Insane Asylums [18+]

Modern approach to mental illness is very different fromthan it was 200 or even 100 years ago. Have you ever been lazy or jealous? Or maybe you have asthma? In the late 1800s you could end up in a lunatic asylum if you ansered “Yes” to any of those questions. In some institutions electro shock therapies or lobotomy procedures on patiens were not uncommon. Now, imagine you are sane person living during those dark times and accidentally admitted into one of these asylums. I’m sure you will be insane by the time they got out. It’s frightening even looking at some of these treatments. Check out this collection of very shocking photographs from old insane asylums.

1. Reasons for being admitted into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in 19th century, West Virginia.

Reasons for being admitted into an asylum

2. Vintage straitjacket at Serbian Psychiatric Hospital.

Vintage straitjacket at Serbian Psychiatric Hospital

3. Relax at the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center – Long Island, New York.

Relax at the controversial Pilgrim Psychiatric Center - Long Island, New York

4. Early 20th century radium therapy that might have done more harm than good for patients.

20th century radium therapy that might have done more harm than good for patients

5. A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920s. Diathermia used a galvanized current to jolt psychosis sufferers. Doctors eventually deemed it unsafe and unreliable.

A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment

6. Creepy wall art from an abandoned mental institution in Italy.

Creepy wall art from an abandoned mental institution in Italy

7. In the 1800s, the doctors stored pieces of patients’ brains in wax for unknown reasons.

In the 1800s, the doctors stored pieces of patients' brains in wax for unknown reaseons

8. 17th century mask for violent patients to keep them from biting people.

17th century mask for violent patients to keep them from biting people

9. Here are some patients in a sauna. It was once believed that mental illness could be cured by steamed baths. Photo taken around 1910.

Here are some patients in a sauna.

10. Tools used for lobotomies.

Tools used for lobotomies

11. Cruel punishment at an asylum in Cuenca, Spain, 1961.

Cruel punishment at an asylum in Cuenca, Spain, 1961

12. “Sleeping massage” used to calm patients.

Sleeping massage used to calm patients

13. Patient in a restraint chair at West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire, ca. 1869.

Patient in a restraint chair at West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield

14. Artwork drawn by a schizophrenic patient.

Artwork drawn by a schizophrenic patient

15. Never walk past door number 5.

Never walk past door number 5

16. Example of self-harm, 1964.

Example of self-harm, 1964

17. Patient restrained by warders, Yorkshire, 1869.

Patient restrained by warders, Yorkshire, 1869

Source: sobadsogood.com, viralnova.com

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Number 11 is very sad.

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Geralt Nowak

There will be something about me. I'm too lazy now.

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