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28 Shocking Asylum Photos That Will Leave Modern Society Trembling

Today, we have technology and scientific breakthroughs that have helped people with mental illnesses. There are medicines and therapies being developed every time to assist these people.

However, mental illnesses were not treated as well back then. Here are 28 photos that will reveal just how grim things were back then.

28 Shocking Asylum Photos That Will Leave Modern Society Trembling

28 Shocking Asylum Photos That Will Leave Modern Society Trembling

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1. Applying radium therapy to treat the mentally ill

1. Applying radium therapy to treat the mentally ill

2. This was used to make the patients feel more relaxed.

2. This was used to make the patients feel more relaxed.

3. A stressed patient gets held down by the staff.

3. A stressed patient gets held down by the staff.

4. He was a schizophrenic person who was deeply paranoid

4. He was a schizophrenic person who was deeply paranoid

5. The electric shock therapy was an infamous and painful method

5. The electric shock therapy was an infamous and painful method

6. Look at how basic the mental facility was in Michigan.

6. Look at how basic the mental facility was in Michigan.

7. These guys had to be put in straight jackets because of their behavior.

7. These guys had to be put in straight jackets because of their behavior.

8. A terrifying dining hall in a former institution

8. A terrifying dining hall in a former institution

9. Even reading a novel was a good reason back then to send you to a facility.

9. Even reading a novel was a good reason back then to send you to a facility.

10. Because of these reasons, many facilities were overcrowded.

10. Because of these reasons, many facilities were overcrowded.

11. Just some of the things used for lobotomy.

11. Just some of the things used for lobotomy.

12. A sedated patient rests on his bed.

12. A sedated patient rests on his bed.

13. A weird slapping machine used to discipline patients.

13. A weird slapping machine used to discipline patients.

14. This is where some patients would stay.

14. This is where some patients would stay.

15. A drawing created by a person with mental issues

15. A drawing created by a person with mental issues

16. Children were also patients in these facilities

16. Children were also patients in these facilities

17. Parts of the brain that were taken out by doctors looking for the physical source of mental illness.

17. Parts of the brain that were taken out by doctors looking for the physical source of mental illness.

18. Some patients really hurt themselves again and again

18. Some patients really hurt themselves again and again

19. One person even put so many needles inside his body.

19. One person even put so many needles inside his body.

20. This thing was used to prevent men from masturbating.

20. This thing was used to prevent men from masturbating.

21. Back in the 17th century, patients typically wore these masks.

21. Back in the 17th century, patients typically wore these masks.

22. This is a hydrotherapy session wherein patients had to stay for many hours

22. This is a hydrotherapy session wherein patients had to stay for many hours

23. An old portrait of a patient that experiences manic episodes

23. An old portrait of a patient that experiences manic episodes

24. Dr. Freeman is the person responsible for the practice of lobotomy

24. Dr. Freeman is the person responsible for the practice of lobotomy

25. A restraint chair used for patients in the 19th century

25. A restraint chair used for patients in the 19th century

26. This was taken in a Serbian facility in 1999

26. This was taken in a Serbian facility in 1999

27. Simply put, mental facilities back then were not for the faint of heart

27. Simply put, mental facilities back then were not for the faint of heart

28. An abandoned asylum in Italy.

28. An abandoned asylum in Italy.

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