We definitely take our current medical advancements for granted until we are reminded of how backwards our healthcare was in times gone by. With the discovery of groundbreaking medicine and our understanding and approach to mental illness, it’s easy to say we’ve come a long way. Just look at some of these alarming medical treatments that will make you glad you were born today.
Isolation for Mental Illnesses
Isolation was a common practice and a prominent course of therapy for mental illness from the 17th to the 20 century. Asylums and institutions were built to treat people who were mentally ill but their main purpose was to hide its patients from society. People with depression, schizophrenia or anxiety were often restrained and locked in a room, to become guinea pigs for psychological research and experiments.