Insane Asylums in the 19th and 20th Century

Conditions of the Patients in Insane Asylums.

by on Feb.20, 2014, under Uncategorized

Although insane asylums may look nice on the outside, it’s a living hell on the inside. People admitted were starved, beaten and raped. The living conditions were horrid, the health of the patients were in terrible conditions, making it hard to live in such a place. Patients were subjected to ice baths as well as beatings, they were also enslaved to the facility. They were chained and shackled to be sure that they wouldn’t harm themselves or other patients. The women were also raped by the employees because they were “crazy”. Since health standards were so bad, infection and illness spread quickly, killing many patients who were not treated medically.

They probably thought that since all these people were “crazy” that they didn’t count as legitimate people. They probably considered them to be crazed beasts and that they should be treated like animals. Thus being the reason of why these facilities were so unclean and why people were beaten, raped, etc.

 

(Meghan’s perspective) This is the worst thing ever! I can’t believe this. First off, most people in insane asylums don’t even need to be there, they are not even CRAZY!! Then they are in there and don’t get treated like humans. They get the worst treatment ever. This makes me mad, people (mostly women) get put in their for depression, being a little different, and even not following rules. In the asylum they get raped, beat, forced to freeze in an ice bath. They are not even being treated like humans, they are like hopeless animals. What did they ever do to get treated like dirt?

(Jordyn’s Perspective) I think this information is gross. Ew, no sanitation is gross. It lets disease and infection and icky-ness inside the asylum and kills off innocent people. These people died because of others carelessness to keep the building clean. It’s unacceptable and outrageous. If you owned an insane asylum, wouldn’t you want it to be the best instead of some dumpy un-sanitized old building?  These conditions are terrible for living in and what they did to the women was worse. Just because someone has been given the label of crazy doesn’t mean you have the right to beat people up whenever you feel like it. THAT would be a mental disorder in itself because that means you would have an anger management problem. So technically the people that treated the patients like wild animals (like Meghan said) should be in the asylum themselves. The things that went on inside of some of these asylums could be considered as torture. I’m sure most of them were cruel and unusual punishments which broke the law of not being allowed to give cruel and unusual punishments, therefor, everybody who did thus should’ve been arrested. This information ticks me off so much that I can’t even speak of it without getting enraged all over again. I feel pity for the people that were admitted to any of this, it’s a truly awful thing to go through.

(Jenny’s perspective) This information makes me sick. to see people who didn’t have anything wrong with them? I mean to be in a non sanitary place that’s gross! Also, to be beaten and raped, that’s not right at all! for crying out loud the conditions of the asylum are not safe for people to be in! They even get beatings and put in ice baths I mean does any of this sound right for people to be treated this way? This makes me furious to see people treated this way! The way they were treated makes them sound like wild animals (Like Meghan and Jordyn said). Women were even raped by staff members because they were “crazy”. Doesn’t this sound wrong to you. it sure does to me. The patients health was so bad many often died! Like I said at the beginning this makes me sick to see people treated this way!

“Insane Asylums in the 1800s: Life in the Inside.” Yahoo Contributor Network. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014.


2 Comments for this entry

  • Inloes, Terri

    So, we know that conditions were horrible. Why do you think or what does your research say about why this was acceptable ways to keep people?

    • Dietz, Jordyn

      They probably thought that since all these people were “crazy” that they didn’t count as legitimate people. They probably considered them to be crazed beasts and that they should be treated like animals. Thus being the reason of why these facilities were so unclean and why people were beaten, raped, etc.

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