Blog Posts - Insanity



I just spent a whole week and a half being sick. NO FUN!! But I am so much better, thank God! Because today my challenge group [SYSOF] all started Insanity Max 30 together! I've decided for the next two months of Insanity Max 30, every Friday I will...
by hey darlin on Dec 15, 2014

Local Pride in Canton Asylum

Though insane asylums were not common institutions anywhere, citizens in most locales were delighted to have them situated nearby (see 12/7/2014 post). Asylums meant jobs, payrolls that workers might spend in town, and an ongoing need for supplies th...

Codependent Love Meme: The Truth of Love and the Filthy Heart

"Codependent Love Meme: The Truth of Love and the Filthy Heart" by Samsara Disturbing love meme advocates choosing to be of service and staying with one who has a filthy heart. That's not love. That's insanity or more particularly, manipulation into...
by Living Within Samsara on Dec 12, 2014

Codependent Love Meme: The Truth of Love and the Filthy Heart

"Codependent Love Meme: The Truth of Love and the Filthy Heart" by Samsara Disturbing love meme advocates choosing to be of service and staying with one who has a filthy heart. That's not love. That's insanity or more particularly, manipulation into...
by Living Samsara on Dec 12, 2014

The Insane as News Items

Though early alienists did a great deal to de-stigmatize insanity and help families feel better about seeking help for their mentally ill members, insanity was still a delicate subject that most families preferred to keep private. Asylum superintende...

Expression of Madness

When you lose control and you've got no soul.   There are sounds in the shadows,beckoning me to follow. But where,where,where am I going? Dark tendrils slithering towards me, circling my feet, are trying to have a taste of something whic...
by Nightmare Factory on Dec 7, 2014

Insanity MAX:30

Happy early Christmas gift to me! I wasn't expecting this to come until Monday or after, but it came today, on a Sunday. How weird. Anyways. I have never in my LIFE tried Shakeology. Like my husband, I figured it was a gimmick, that any protein is ju...
by hey darlin on Dec 7, 2014

The Chronic Insane

Alienists stressed that the prompt treatment of insanity was imperative to a cure. They cautioned the public that it was far wiser to bring an afflicted person to an asylum for a cure as soon as possible, rather than let the patient languish at home...

Evolution of Treatment for the Insane

Most modern readers would consider the mid-1800s a fairly rough and rugged period, inhabited by correspondingly rough and rugged individuals. However, changes in the treatment of insanity during this period point to the idea that people in the middle...

What Caused Insanity?

The causes for insanity that early alienists compiled can seem amusing–as well as appalling–to modern readers. Almost anything, from disappointment in love, financial reverses, over-study, improper diet, use of alcohol or tobacco, and mas...

Searching for Canton Asylum Patients

This is an out-of-schedule post to ask for information about Canton Asylum patients transferred to St. Elizabeths in 1933, for a projected memorial. If you have any information about them, particularly about their lives before they were in Canton Asy...

Searching

This is an out-of-schedule post to ask for information about Canton Asylum patients transferred to St. Elizabeths in 1933, for a projected memorial. If you have any information about them, particularly about their lives before they were in Canton Asy...

Philosophy Wire: Poetry. Mental disorders. Insanity.

Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2014-11-13]: A 76-year-old woman with epilepsy found that her medication not only helped her seizures but also made her write beautiful poetry. [1] Insane world. Insane life. Insane existence. Only a mad person can fi...
by Harmonia Philosophica on Nov 13, 2014

Other Dietary Concerns

The American diet has been under attack for nearly two centuries, mainly for its fatty, meat-based content. Like George J. Drews and his unfired or raw food diet (see 10/26/14 post), Sylvester Graham advocated a vegetarian diet. Graham’s diet w...

Harvest at the Asylum

Non-urban communities had always held the harvest season in high esteem: good crops meant sufficient food for the winter; there was satisfaction in seeing hard work pay off; and perhaps not least, harvest meant an end to the constant labor involved w...

Sharp Contrasts

Much of the commentary concerning insane asylums tends toward the negative, and rightly so, since they were often places of confinement for people who were in them unwillingly. Treatments were also much too vigorous at times, and many patients must h...

In the Long Run

Insane asylums were initially embraced because they held out the hope of curing the insane, rather than merely incarcerating them. Recovery rates were high at first, in the typically small asylums where doctors could devote themselves to patient care...

#211 Dead Within

This movie had been panned by almost every review I've seen about it and I just don't understand that.  It was a good movie!  If you're looking for a gruesome, action-packed zombie or apocalypse movie, then move along; there's nothing to see here.
by Joy 365 on Oct 2, 2014

Oregon’s Insane

Oregon’s settlers initially put the care of the insane up for bid, with the lowest bidder winning the job (as had been the practice much earlier in New England). Eventually, Oregonians petitioned their government for an insane asylum at at time...

Territories Not Immune to Mental Illness

The vast expanses of the West usually meant adventure, opportunity, and fresh beginnings for the people who traveled there. However, the road West was rigorous, dangerous, and oftentimes dismal. Frontier travelers could not escape mental illness any...


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