Declared Insane

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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.

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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

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20 thoughts on “Declared Insane

  1. I found some interesting “Reasons For Admission” Raili…….
    Politics
    Political excitement
    Laziness
    Egotism
    Greediness
    Feebleness of intellect
    Then I started thinking, maybe all of our present day politicians would have been admitted to an asylum back those days 😉

  2. I thought as much but I didn’t like to say!
    Seriously – it is an indictment of all concerned – though my wife says I am mad! But she is being subjective!

    1. When I was still working, I recall one woman who had spent most of her life incarcerated (she was in her 90’s by then) because she had had a child out of wedlock. Over the years she ‘learnt’ to be mad 😦 Some things have changed for the better. But there is still a lot of room for improvement.

  3. So many poor souls suffered these terrible institutions … My great grandfather was one who died in such a place.. When his ageing forgetfulness ‘Dementia’ annoyed the neighbours resulting him to being admitted.. He never came out… ❤

      1. Yes, he constantly said he was being beaten, but my Great Grandma didn’t believe such a thing.. Years later my own Grandmother told us the story and sadly, many were ill treated terribly .. My Grandmother I remember told the story with tears as she she her father was such a gentle soul…

  4. OH MY STARS!!! I would qualify for a grand amount of those ‘reasons’.
    It seems barely believable, to us, in this day and age, that this could have happened. Sadly we know it to be true. I read only a few days ago, about a woman who had been put into an asylum because she’d got pregnant with her much loved boyfriend, and she hadn’t been allowed out again. Just the thought of it chokes me Raili.

    Quite honestly, I think we’d all be admitted if this was still the rules they went by.

    Terrible. Heartbreaking. Dreadful …. soul destroying – for anyone, even those on the outside of the walls. It makes me ashamed to be a human.
    Sending love to you Raili. ~ Cobs. xxx

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