The Mental Illness Of Dr. Benjamin Rush

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Over time, the facilities deteriorated and focused on keeping the mentally ill locked away from the rest of society rather than helping them get better. An example of this is one of the first hospitals made in 1773, in Williamsburg, Virginia. Many would think the doctors in these facilities would genuinely care about their patients, but most did not. They actually wanted to condition the patients to be afraid of them. In hopes that the fear would put them into place and cure their illnesses. Most doctors actually had no idea on how to treat patients and would often perform treatments based on their own theories on what causes mental illness. The patients were practically human experiments, which many didn’t agree to be but were…show more content…
The patients in these private institutions were pampered and the staff made sure they were treated individually. Studies show that when patients were given food one by one instead of getting it from one big tray, they felt like they were “being particularly looked out for”. The patients need to be happy in order to receive the results they need. There were also differences in care concerning women and men. In public hospitals, there was an even gender ratio. Although, that doesn’t mean equal treatment. While, the asylums in New England cared for more women than men. At Stockton State Hospital, five women were given a clitoridectomy because people believed they were acting unladylike and required a surgery. Sadly, this procedure still happens in many other countries around the world but not in America. Some people strongly believed that women should not have any sort of “mental illness”, and would go to extremes to “fix” them. These social views of gender in the 1900’s harmed female patients and some were given unnecessary procedures, they were “preferentially sterilized and lobotomized”. Another example of a mental illness was homosexuality, it was on the DSM until the early 1970’s. Nowadays, homosexuality is seen in a more normal light and more accepted by society. Now as for children who were mentally ill, they were not given harsh treatments as the adults were. They would do sand tray treatment and in school psychological clinics were made to
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