What did they think caused instability?

Menstruation-related anger Pregnancy-related sadness Post-partum depression symptoms Disobedience Chronic fatigue syndrome Anxiety Two major figures in the Victorian mental health field were James Conolly, author of The Construction and Government of Lunatic Asylums (1847) and Henry Maudsley, whose influential books included The Physiology and Pathology of Mind (1867). Regarded at the time as progressive and …

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Talking therapy.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/benefits-of-talking-therapy.aspx Research shows that talking therapies work just as well whether you’re old or young, male or female, white or black, gay or straight, rich or poor. Your educational background makes no difference either. Talking therapy is for anyone who’s going through a bad time or who has emotional problems they can’t sort out on their own. …

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Modern day treatments.

http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/content/assets/pdf/publications/starting-today-background-paper-1.pdf The story of modern psychiatric care is relatively well documented. Modern mental health policy could be said to have started with the introduction of legislation to control the governance of lunatic asylums in early Victorian times and has evolved from there. The central pieces of legislation were the 1845 Lunacy Act and County Asylums …

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Right or wrong?

In 1890, T. Claye Shaw and Harrison Cripps related the case of a male patient at Banstead asylum who was suffering from general paralysis of the insane – a diagnosis now believed to refer to neurosyphilis. Post-mortem examinations of these patients often found large amounts of cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) in the skull, and it was findings like …

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Trepanation.

http://mentalillness.umwblogs.org/stone-age/trepanation/ Trepanning is one of the oldest recorded surgical procedures and has been documented world wide. Although trepanning was used over many time periods, the procedure was first used in the Stone Age. Researchers have found evidence of trepanation used in North America, South America, Africa, and Europe (Missios, 2007). Trepanation in North America: -Gradual …

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Facts.

- Before mid 1800′s was common to believe that people with mental illness was caused by the devil. – patients made to live in unsanitary conditions. – Some people made to live in cages. – given minimal food. – careers thought the deserved to be treated like animals. Post 1850′s – science was progressing. – …

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More treatments.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/pictures/worst-mental-health-treatments-history/#01 Moral treatment – In the 18th century, some believed that mental illness was a moral issue that could be treated through humane care and instilling moral discipline. Strategies included hospitalization, isolation, and discussion about an individual’s wrong beliefs. “Despite its limitations, its respectful treatment of people with mental illness and its efforts to meet …

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Treatments.

http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/283/2/the-history-of-mental-illness-from-skull-drills-to-happy-pills When staff did attempt to cure the patients, they followed the practices typical of the time period—purging and bloodletting, the most common. Other treatments included dousing the patient in either hot or ice-cold water to shock their minds back into a normal state. The belief that patients needed to choose rationality over insanity led …

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Asylums in the news.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2386683/Bedlam-graveyard-unearthed-beneath-City-London-Crossrail-dig-reveals-bones-patients-notorious-asylum.html It is thought the works, for the £15 billion Crossrail project, will eventually yield up to 4,000 bodies, some dating back 450 years. The graveyard, built on the Bethlem Hospital’s vegetable patch in the 1560s after churchyards around the city started to overflow, was used to bury London’s poor and religious non-conformists as well …

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‘Bedlam’ notable patients.

Augustus Pugin – An English Architect best known for his pioneering role in the Gothic Revival style and his designs for the interior of the Palace of Westminster. In 1852 he suffered a complete breakdown, resulting in a four month stay at Bethlem Hospital. Located at St George’s fields, the hospital overlooked St George’s Cathedral, the …

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Bethlem ‘bedlam’ Asylum.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlem_Royal_Hospital The Bethlem Royal Hospital is a hospital in London for the treatment of mental illness. It has moved three times from its original location, and is Europe’s first and oldest institution to specialise in mental illnesses. It has been known by various names including St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlem Hospital, Bethlehem Hospital and, informally and most notoriously, Bedlam. It …

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Why did the asylums close?

They had become to large, unwieldy and the system had opened itself up to abuse.  In 1961 the Minister of Health, Enoch Powell was invited to speak at the AGM of the National Association for Mental Health.  In his speech he announced that it the government of the day intended to “the elimination of by …

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About mental asylums.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27148737 The first recorded Lunatic Asylum in Europe was the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, it has been a part of London since 1247 when it was built as a priory. It became a hospital in 1330 and admitted its first mentally ill patients in 1407. Before the Madhouse Act of 1774, treatment of the …

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Mental disorders in history.

So after talking to Paddy about my ideas yesterday I’ve slightly changed my direction. From looking at schizophrenia I decided to go slightly more broad with my options and look into mental illness through history. How it has changed, how the treatments have changed, or just what treatments they used to do on patients. What …

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Schizophrenia Data.

In the UK about 1 in 5 people will need treatment for a mental health problem during their life. At some time during their life about 1 in 100 people will suffer an episode of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia occurs in all countries and societies of the world. Schizophrenia affects men and women equally and sufferers come …

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