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KJ Steele: 86 Reasons Why You May Have Been Committed to an Insane Asylum in the Late 1800s: #12

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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 #12 Medicine to Prevent Conception

I find this reason for committal very illuminating. It shows quite clearly how the threat of being committed into the asylum became abused as a means to control and dictate people’s behaviors. This ‘reason’ is so far removed from any indication of actual mental distress that it is difficult to believe it was once an openly accepted reason to put someone into an institution under the diagnosis of insanity.

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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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