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Mental Disabilities in the 1930's

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Hannah Fournier

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Mental Disabilities in
the 1930's Haley Collicott, Bethany Langmaid, Josee Cambell, Carley Smith, and Hannah Fournier Awareness in the 1930's Social Treatment in the 1930's Medical Treatments in the 1930's Mental illness today Asylums In the 1930’s, people didn’t know much about mental illnesses and cognitive delays, and how broad the topic really was.
Today, we have a long list of the many different mental illnesses and disorders that we have seen and learned to understand. Our list goes from Acute Stress Disorder all the way to Trichotillomania. Then, they were so uneducated on what mental illness was that they classified any mental ill person for being “crazy” or “dumb” (to quote Of Mice and Men), and didn’t see the difference in any kind. They even believed that there was a connection between schizophrenia and epilepsy. They had few ways of viable treatment, and asylums and hospital treatment was so expensive that the mentally ill were left to fend for themselves. They knew so little that it was hard for them to really understand what was going on, because nobody took the time to figure it out.
As proven the novella Of Mice and Men, people with mental disabilities were treated completely different by society than they are treated in this day and age. Often times, they public ended up shunning them and lock them up in an institute, generally referred to as an asylum. They would lock these people away because society had no idea how to deal with it, nor treat it. Nobody fully understood the condition, and there was rarely any effort made to help out these people. While most of society treated them as lower class, there were the occasional few who actually understood what they were going through. If we were to compare this information to the novella, it would be exact. For example, Lennie Small was treated quite cruel by the majority of the men on the ranch. They often tried to put Lennie down by referring to him as “stupid” and “dumb”. At one point, Curley being the agitator he is, tried to start a physical fight with Lennie . Overall, Lennie was treated quite terribly, except by one person; his best friend George. George was one of those few who actually treated Lennie with respect. He understood that Lennie did have a disability, and knew how to property treat Lennie. Of Mice and Men is the perfect sum up of how society treated the mentally, and cognitive delayed.
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