18 Haunting Mental Asylum Photos From the Past

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That is certainly the case with these historical photographs, which were compiled from old “insane asylum” medical records. These days, the term “psychiatric hospital” is more widely used, but no matter what you call it, there’s no way to deny that our track record when it comes to the mentally ill isn’t good at all. Check out the eighteen most shocking, bothersome, spine-curling, and blood-curdling photos that have ever been taken. Just a warning, though- some of these are highly graphic and disturbing. Proceed at your own risk!

#18 “Strait” As A Board

1473109171884-screen-shot-2016-09-04-at-4-43-16-pm-1473025439746The use of straitjackets in a centuries-old practice, though they have certainly become more humane over time. This patient is in a padded room and carefully restrained so she can’t harm herself. Nowadays, this is typically done through the use of prescription drugs. Many call this a “chemical straitjacket.” If you thought that was crazy, take a look at this next one!