Lunacy, Madness, Insanity

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Oh Dear God,

I am doomed!

Found to be lacking

in mental capacity.

Deemed unfit to live

in human society.

Accused of heinous

deeds,

irresponsbilities

unforgiveable.

 

A scourge to be

banished

ne’er to breathe

freedom

I stand accused.

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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

Dissolute habits

Overtaxing mental powers

Hereditary predisposition

Dropsy
Time

of

Life

F
E

M

A

L

E

D

I

S

E

A

S

E

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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!

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

This is a list of reasons for admission to a lunatic asylum between 1864 – 1889 

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© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace
Respect others. Help others. Love others. These are the keys that unlock our soul. Anthony Douglas Williams

This is a slightly reworked post from Feb 2016

 

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31 thoughts on “Lunacy, Madness, Insanity

    1. You’re right Elaine. It was a very sad time in history in so many ways. Things have changed a lot since then. Or perhaps the prejudices and ways of dealing with them have just transformed to other means of ‘punishment’.

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    1. You’re right! The sad thing is there were some people living in the mental health hospital I worked in many years ago, who were originally incarcerated for life (there is no other word for it) for such outrageous things like being an unwed mother

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  1. Isn’t that awful! I’ve seen this circulated in Facebook by some historical authors, and although I love reading and watching stories based in historical era, I don’t think I would have wanted to live then. Not as a woman anyway.

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  2. Gosh, thank goodness, we are more “enlightened” nowadays. If I had lived in the 19th century I would have been put there for always reading novels etc. It is such a sad indictment of mankind.

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