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Nine of the Most Terrifying Mental Health Practices Through the Ages

While the stigma associated with mental disorders certainly still remains to this day, if we look back to the “bad old days” it’s clear that things have come a long way for the better. Since time immemorial, mental illness has been given¬†a myriad of names, ranging from lunacy (based on the hypothesis that people’s insanity […]

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The Disturbing History of Bedlam: The World’s Most Notorious Insane Asylum

The word “bedlam” refers to chaos, disorder, and confusion. Unlike many modern words, which are derived from archaic words in ancient or dead languages, “bedlam” is a far more modern word, one that was derived from the oldest mental asylum in Europe. ¬†Originally founded as a priory in 1247, St. Mary Bethlehem was a religious […]