KJ Steele: 86 Reasons Why You May Have Been Committed to an Insane Asylum in the Late 1800s: #11

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Are You Insane? No? Well, you just might be by the time we get to the end of the list. 86 reasons why you may have been committed to an Insane Asylum in the late 1800s.

Reason #11 Marriage of Son

It is hard to imagine how this could have ended up as a reason used for committal but it is indeed on the list. Perhaps an only child and a mother or father who felt themselves abandoned by a son moving forward into a life of his own.

Can you imagine the pressure and guilt the son must have felt over knowing his parent had been admitted to the asylum solely because he had chosen to marry?

We can only surmise at the details surrounding such a vague reason but it does give rise to how easily the symptoms of distress were tidily summed up as a viable reason for asylum committal.

And when we consider how many of those so easily committed were to end up spending the rest of their lives inside the institutions, we can perhaps begin to understand why the Insane Asylums of the past were such feared and loathsome places.

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KJ Steele is the author of two novels. Her latest, The Bird Box, is available now. Visit her website for more.

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