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Reasons for Admission to an Insane Asylum

Listed here are some of the reasons you could have gotten committed to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia in the late 19th-century. If they still put people in institutions for problems such as these, we would all be inmates. "Bad Company" would have covered the majority of people I know. Asthma? Kicked inthe head by a horse? I think they found the wrong hospital. Apparently, any kind of masturbation meant you were shipped off. "False confinement" really gets me- that's probably related to "Politics."

What is really chilling is to think of how difficult it was back then to get OUT of an asylum. Found at Dangerous Minds.


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I believe that "false confinement" would refer to pretending to be pregnant or believing you are pregnant when you actually are not. Confinement is a (somewhat archaic) tem for pregnancy or the process of giving birth.
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