14 Incredible Reasons People Were Committed to Insane Asylums in the 19th Century

Posted on Jul 04, 2016

Mental health care has come a long way - today we can trust our psychotherapists to alleviate the problems that hinder us from functioning at a 100 percent in our daily lives. But it wasn't always so. Were you to go back in the 19th century, you would have to be very careful not to be labeled as "insane", for reasons such as asthma, falling off a horse, or even bad whiskey. Here are some incredible reasons for admission into 19th-century mental asylums.

1. "Asthma"

"Asthma"
Before the 1950s, asthma was considered a psychosomatic illness. A child with an asthma attack was believed to be subconsciously asking its mother's attention, and the most common therapy were "talking cures" and later, psychoanalysis.
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