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July 19, 2019

These 12 Haunting Pictures From Old Mental Institutions Guaranteed to Creep You Out!

Psychiatry has come a long way since the days when patients were shunned from society and shackled in loony bins. Psychiatrists of yore experimented with numerous techniques for treating mental disorders - some that paved the way for psychiatry and are even used today. But quite a few others would raise eyebrows today and make modern-day ethicists squirm.


There are still many unanswered questions, and too many seemingly insurmountable medical challenges for comfort, but at least science tries to point toward answers.

In decades and centuries past, illnesses, both physical and mental were often treated with ineffective, inhumane, and often destructive ways in old insane asylums. People with psychological conditions, especially, tended to be viewed as subhuman. These unfortunate souls were born in the wrong era, and their stories are heartbreaking.

1. A “Lunatics Chair” given to patients who had poor behavior or wild outbursts in a Dutch mental hospital in 1938.



2. Patients receive treatment while restrained in a steam box in Milledgeville State Hospital in Georgia, US in 1908.



3. A patient in a restraining chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England in 1869.



4. A nurse prepares a patient for electro-shock therapy in Central State Hospital in Kentucky, US in 1951.



5. Mental patients participating in Dance Therapy in New York State Asylum, U.S in 1922.



6. A woman is restrained in an Asylum in France in 1900.



7. Two doctors show off the large electro-shock machine at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 1923.



8. Women receiving radium therapy in the Serbian Psychiatric Hospital in Serbia in 1907.



9. Patients wrapped in large wet towels with wet cloths on their heads for hydrotherapy (continuous showers, baths and being wet) in St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 1886.



10. Hydrotherapy was first used in the early 1900s. Immersion in a tub of water to make a patient relax when agitated or relieve some ailment would last a few hours to overnight, 1936.



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



12. Mechanical slapping massage device at BC sanitarium.





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