People Got Locked Away In Asylums In 1869 For Doing These Everyday Things…

If you had to go to a mental asylum in West Virginia around the years of 1860-1900, chances are the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was the place.

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There were more than 600 acres of land which included farmland, a cemetery, and more.

So, why were people admitted to this place?

Take a look at some of the following reasons, some of them may shock you:

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Have you been masturbating? Perhaps there’s a rumor going around about husband murder? Are you having a good read of a book?

 

Well, if you were born about 150 years ago around West Virginia, that could’ve been quite a problem and you probably would’ve found yourself in this place.

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The asylum had a capacity of around 250, but at times held up to 10 times that amount.  Shocking right?  I mean since almost anyone could’ve been locked up in here by doing regular things.

People sometimes found themselves in the asylum just for laziness, or “not feeling right”.

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There were many things that residents were admitted for that weren’t even medically diagnosed.  They were simply symptoms of what could possibly be that disease.

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The majority of the patients in Trans-Allegheny were treated for dementia, mania, and melancholia.

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There were many husbands and wives that actually used the asylum to commit someone they were unhappy with or some spouses that even feigned a mental disorder to escape their bad marriage.

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A source familiar with the subject claimed that

“spouses used lunacy laws to rid themselves of their partners and in abducting their children…”

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Good thing that asylums have become a little more lax in the modern day right?  It seems highly plausible that many people I know would end up in here by the end of the day if we were living back then!

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