Blog Posts - Insanity



Misery on Display

Most patients, of course, did not want to be in an asylum, and moving into one very likely added to whatever problem that had brought them there. Doctors’ management of their conditions may or may not have alleviated their distress (see last po...

Insanity - a insanidade (4) - Domingos, o "melhor" dia da semana

Dizem que Deus fez o mundo em 6 dias e que descansou ao sétimo.Para mim, esta é uma história mal contada ao longo dos tempos e um dia perderei algum tempo a desmistificar esta coisa que se vos foram metendo na cabeça ao longo dos séculos...Bem,...
by Tito Pinto on Apr 5, 2015

A Delicate Balance

Superintendents at insane asylums had every incentive to cure patients, since high cure rates brought both prestige and validation to their institutions. This is one reason that they urged families to get their loved ones into an asylum quickly, befo...

Insanity - a insanidade (3) - Fit Test

Meia hora de jardinagem queima 100 calorias. Hoje, queimei mais porque fiz o Insanity.Depois acabei por ir para a jardinagem porque quem manda cá em casa é a minha mulher.Mas, vamos ao Insanity que é o que importa.Hoje, o treino está feito.Estou...
by Tito Pinto on Apr 4, 2015

Insanity - a insanidade (2)

Desaparecido, eu?Não, nada disso!Simplesmente estava sem as capacidades necessárias de escrever seja o que for.Em altura de Páscoa, sinto-me um Cristo.Desde os ombros até às mãos passando pelos tornozelos.Dizem que o esforço compensa, mas para...
by Tito Pinto on Apr 3, 2015

Insanity - a insanidade (1)

Decidi emagrecer.Porquê?Porque além de ocupar mais do que o espaço que me julgo ser o  devido no passeio dizem que é benéfico para a saúde.Iniciei um programa de treinos desenvolvido por um indivíduo de nome Shaun T, o Insanity.Não é na...
by Tito Pinto on Apr 1, 2015

What Do You Learn?

Modern researchers sometimes pass judgment on whether or not a person should have been committed to an insane asylum–but It isn’t always an easy call. Reading patient notes can lead one to believe that disruptiveness rather than insanity...

Leprosy, Blindness, Insanity and Paralysis

    Leprosy, Blindness, Insanity and Paralysis Recite 3 times morning and evening: Leprosy, Blindness, Insanity and Paralysis SUBHANAL-LAHIL `AZIMI WABI HAMDIHI WA LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH  Glorified be Allah, the Magnificent, and al...
by yallaah on Mar 28, 2015

Boycott!

So, the BBC has finally sacked Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.Given how much money the programme makes for the Beeb, I would say that decision might be described as "courageous".However...Your humble Devil has sod all interest in cars*, but I did rath...
by Devil's Kitchen on Mar 25, 2015

Photos from a Victorian Mental Asylum

During the 1850s British physician Dr. Hugh Welch Diamond took a series of haunting photographs of mentally ill patients under his care. He was one of the pioneers of early photography, starting in 1839 shortly after the medium was invented, and was...
by We Heart Vintage on Mar 23, 2015

So Easy to Leave

Certain patients with mental illness were more difficult to manage than others, and families often grew tired of coping with a disruptive member who perhaps drained them physically and emotionally. An asylum offered a wonderful solution to the proble...

A Perfect Day

This is one of those perfect days, a gift from the universe. The weather isn’t particularly nice, none of my problems have been resolved, I’m still facing life alone and yet . . . and yet . . . I’m walking around with a smile on my face. (I’m...
by Bertram's Blog on Mar 3, 2015

Asylum Supervision

Almost every area of the country provided institutional care for its insane members. Any state government which created an asylum also tried to provide oversight in some way–concerning both patients’ admissions and the facility’s ad...

Asylum Supervision

Almost every area of the country provided institutional care for its insane members. Any state government which created an asylum also tried to provide oversight in some way–concerning both patients’ admissions and the facility’s ad...

Water Treatments

Patients entering an asylum were frequently given sedatives or tonics, depending upon their physical state, as well as a strong laxative to clean them out. Warm baths were thought to be calming and were frequently prescribed for agitated patients. Ho...

Water Treatments

Patients entering an asylum were frequently given sedatives or tonics, depending upon their physical state, as well as a strong laxative to clean them out. Warm baths were thought to be calming and were frequently prescribed for agitated patients. Ho...

Water Therapy

Water therapies, known collectively as hydrotherapy, were popular forms of treatment for insanity. Most people today have relaxed under the influence of a warm, soothing soak in a tub, but it is interesting to note that bathing for health or medical...

Water Therapy

Water therapies, known collectively as hydrotherapy, were popular forms of treatment for insanity. Most people today have relaxed under the influence of a warm, soothing soak in a tub, but it is interesting to note that bathing for health or medical...

Gender Inequality

Treatment for mental disorders was generally hit-or-miss in most insane asylums, and many superintendents embarked on experimental procedures simply because there weren’t any reliable ways to help patients. Some treatments were more bizarre tha...

Gender Inequality

Treatment for mental disorders was generally hit-or-miss in most insane asylums, and many superintendents embarked on experimental procedures simply because there weren’t any reliable ways to help patients. Some treatments were more bizarre tha...


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