KJ Steele: 86 Reasons Why You May Have Been Committed to an Insane Asylum in the Late 1800s: Reason #5 – Imaginary Female Trouble

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The Bird BoxAre 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 #5 – Imaginary Female Trouble

Oh. Wow. This ‘reason’ would have been like a big empty barrel ready to swallow up any poor woman (or girl) who displayed symptoms that were beyond the scope of societies’ or the medical establishment’s understanding.

‘We don’t know what’s wrong with you– so it must be all in your head. Into the looney-bin with you!’

Although this reason is from the late 1800’s it is painfully close to the way many women’s ailments are still treated today where a multitude of symptoms are still defined as ‘women’s issues’ and quickly prescribed a liberal dose of antidepressants.

Makes me wonder how far we have really advanced with this one.

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KJ Steele is the author of two novels, including the recently published The Bird Box. Visit her website.

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