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.
2. Vintage straitjacket at Serbian Psychiatric Hospital.
3. Relax at the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center – Long Island, New York.
4. Early 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.
6. 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.
8. 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.
10. Tools used for lobotomies.
11. Cruel punishment at an asylum in Cuenca, Spain, 1961.
12. “Sleeping massage” used to calm patients.
13. Patient in a restraint chair at West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire, ca. 1869.
14. Artwork drawn by a schizophrenic patient.
15. Never walk past door number 5.
16. Example of self-harm, 1964.
17. Patient restrained by warders, Yorkshire, 1869.
Source: sobadsogood.com, viralnova.com