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MENTAL HOSPITAL ABUSE OF THE 1930'S

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MENTAL HOSPITAL ABUSE
1930'S Mental hospital abuse increased during the great dpression,there was a sudden rapid flow of patients coming into the hospitals for many reasons. some were homeless and some families could not afford to take care of their children. many people felt that mental hospitals in the 1930's were a sort of HELL, THEY WERE. THERE WAS MANY PATIENTS THAT WENT ON COMPLETE LOCKDOWN AND THE USE OF STRAIGHT JACKETS INCREASED. MANY PATIENTS WERE GIVEN DRUGS TO TRY AND HELP THEIR ILLNESSES LIKE Schizophrenic PATIENTS. MANY OF THESE DRUGS JUST PUT THE PATIENTS INTO A ZOMBIE- LIKE FORM. There were also a few different types of shock therapy: insulin, Metrazol and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). All of these therapies induced seizures in patients. Many psychiatrists claimed that these therapies worked by "shocking" patients out of their illness hospitals in the United States were overcrowded -- by 1940, there were around 1 million patients and the population was growing by 80 percent per year Conditions were also deteriorating due to a lack of funding during the Great Depression. Public hospitals were understaffed and patients were often left without any kind of treatment MANY PATIENTS WERE LEFT TIED IN THEIR BEDS FOR THEIR WHOLE LIVES. They NEVER LEARNED TO WALK. THIS WAS THE ONLY WAY DUE TO OVERPOPULATION AND A LACK OF STAFF. MOST PEOPLE WOULD NOT WORK IN THE HOSPITALS FOR THE ILL PATIENTS
WOULD ATTACK THEM. PATIENTS WOULD BITE, SCRATCH, PUNCH AND KICK THE STAFF IF THE PATIENTS HAD STARTED TO BITE THE STAFF SOME HOSPITALS WOULD HAVE THE PATIENTS TEETH RIPPED OUT OF THEIR HEAD WITHOUT THE USE OF NOVACAINE due to many hospitals being under-staffed and not having many ways of protecting themselves from their patients. many patients were forced to stay in straight jackets for long periods of time some of the more abusive staff members who worked in the hospitals would beat the patients into submission organizations like the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) are active in the fight to dispel misconceptions about mental illness and to find and put an end to instances of maltreatment. its now believed that it benifits patients to have a happy setting than a prison like confinement Many hospitals are believed to huanted by the patients who were abused there and had died in these horrid places some of the hospitals had staff members who were rumored to have had satanic rituals in their rooms
-ghost adventures phycreatic hospital in the 1940's there was an expirimental surgery that took place in asylums that involved taking out parts of the frontal lobes of the human brain. this was said to take away violent behaviors of patients confined in the hospitals. ''The Mississippi State Insane Asylum at Whitfield, Mississippi, had remained large in my consciousness while growing up. Ever once in a while I would overhear someone saying, 'They took him to Whitfield'. Needless to say, you seldom heard about them coming back.'' now many hospitals have been shut down and there are new places that take care of their patients properly also many of the drugs and therepies have been abandoned and more practical ways to treat patients have been found people now understand today that these people have a uncureable illness and can not help the way they act. even though there have been many efforts to stop the maltreatment of patients it still goes on everyday
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