25 Modern Medical Reasons You’d Be Admitted to an Asylum in the 1800s

Even though mental health has a long way to go here in the United States, that doesn’t mean that we haven’t improved at all. Overall, we have improved quite a bit. We've even begun to understand disorders that were initially shrouded in mystery.

For example, autism was discovered in 1911, but scientists thought it related to schizophrenia. In the 1940s, researchers began to look at the disorder more in-depth. Even now, scientists are learning more about the mental condition to help kids and parents who suffer from it.

Of course, it wasn’t always this way. Back in the 1800s, you could have been thrown in an asylum for a number of reasons – just for being you! While men did suffer from this issue, women suffered the most. Sometimes, wives would be thrown into an asylum so their husband could escape the marriage!

To admit someone, they just needed two signatures that said the person needed to be in an asylum. But to get out, the facility required eight signatures, meaning it was pretty hard to get out. Some things you do on a daily basis might have landed you in an asylum in the 1800s, and it would have been impossible to get out. Here are 30 modern medical reasons that would have had you admitted just two centuries ago.

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