Chained

Oh Dear God,

I am doomed!

Found to be lacking

in mental capacity.

Deemed unfit to live

in decent society.

Accused of heinous

deeds,

irresponsbilities

unforgiveable.

 

A scourge to be

banished

ne’er to breathe

freedom

I stand accused

Asthma

Hysteria

Laziness

Novel reading

Medicine to prevent conception

Overaction of the mind

Uterine derangement

Women trouble

Superstition

Grief

Spinal irritation

Gathering in the head

Periodical fits

Hard study

Dissolute habits

Overtaxing mental powers

Hereditary predisposition

Dropsy

Time

of

life

 

F

E

M

A

L

E

 

D

I

S

E

A

S

E

Discard me!

Useless trash!

Unworthy trollop!

I shrivel

in the corner

dying a slow death

day by day

a

hundred

years

till

one day

I breathe no more.

At last

I am free!

Reasons for admission 

Dedicated to all the lost souls who lived in such harsh times.

This is a list of reasons for admission to an insane asylum between 1864 – 1889.

(c)  Raili Tanska

Images Pixabay, FaceBook

Responses

    1. soulgifts2012 Post author

      It must have been horrific when you look at some of the reasons why people were incarcerated. Not just that, but the conditions back then were less than savoury.

  1. Doctor Jonathan

    We look back at the thinking and practices of the 1800’s and question the clarity of thinking. 200+ years from now, what makes us think the same “lack of clarity” won’t be thought about US!

    1. soulgifts2012 Post author

      Indeed. It makes one wonder just how much progress, if any, has been made in the intervening years. Thank you for your thoughtful comment

  2. Amber Choisella

    Society fears what they don’t understand….. it’s terrible to look at the history of the past but it’s often imperative to understand the history of today!

    1. soulgifts2012 Post author

      Thank you Pamela. I’m sorry to hear about your grandma. Shock therapy was barbaric back then. It’s still used, and done in a more humane way. It was also over used. I don’t like it but on the very odd occasion, when I was still working, I have seen it literally be a life saver.
      Thank you for the reblog. I really appreciate it.

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