31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

Sometimes after looking back at our history and the way we once took care of things, I am grateful to see that we have evolved. That is how I feel when looking at these crazy photographs of asylums that are decades old. I think it was a lack of knowledge that lead to such brutal behavior, but I will let you decide for yourself.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

1. This is just plain creepy.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

2. Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire ca. 1869.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

3. Sunland asylum, this is Dr. Freeman, the man who invented lobotomies.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

4. A ‘self-decorated’ patient in the 1800’s.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

5. Hydrotherapy first used in the early 1900s, Immersion in a tub of water to make a patient relax when agitated or relieve some ailment. This lasted a few hours to overnight. 1936.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

6. This is a 17th century insanity mask.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

7. In the late 19th century, it was believed that masturbation caused insanity. Therefore this device was created to prevent men from doing such insane behavior.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

8. An abandoned asylum in Italy.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

9. An X-ray showing needles driven into the skin of a patient in a psychiatric ward.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

10. Patients in steam cabinets in the early 1900’s.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

11. Medicating for self harm.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

12. Washington, D.C., circa 1921. “Foundling Hospital, playroom.” Tots at the Washington Asylum for ‘Foundlings’

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

13. Sections of brain encased in wax, for research.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

14. Insane Asylum in Spain.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

15. Drawing from a paranoid schizophrenic patient.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

16. A mother who has tuberculous, and is on strict bed rest, leaves her room at the sanatorium for a Sunday walk with her family…. but she does not leave her bed.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

17. Norwich State Hospital in Connecticut.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

18. This is a Mechanical Slapping Device used in the asylum in BC.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

19. This is at the Philadelphia State Hospital, this man is in the violent ward.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

20. These are Lobotomy tools.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

21. This is a picture of patients in the asylum in the 1940s.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

22. Reasons to be admitted in the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. 

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

23. This was the dining hall in the basement.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

24.The Pilgram Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA could house as many as 14,000 patients at a time. This self-sufficient mental asylum adopted extremely aggressive methods of “curing the insane”. Lobotomies and electric shock therapy were the norm.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

25. In the 1870s, this was the asylum in Michigan.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

26. A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920’s. Doctors eventually deemed it unsafe and unreliable.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

27.

This is the image of an asylum patient being restrained by workers.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

28. This chair was used to calm down irrational patients.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

29. These are female patients being treated with Radium therapy.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

30. Above is a schizophrenic patient, he stood in this position for hours.

31 Haunting Photos From Old Mental Asylums

31. And lastly, this is a patient of Serbian Psychiatric Hospital taken in 1999.

These photos are incredibly creepy, but open your eyes to how horrible ‘insane’ patients actually were treated. I am grateful that some of the procedures that were used are no longer thought of anymore.
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