A Case of HysteriaMain MenuThe Altogether Shocking History of Women’s Mental HealthThe Anatomy of InsanityThe Wandering WombTheater Of The HystericsFather Freud Knows BestThis Place Will Make You CrazyThe Water CureHysterical ParoxysmThis Lobotomy Won't Hurt A BitShock The Pain AwayJust A Touch Of ElectricityA Home For Inebriates And The InsaneThe Inmates Aren't Running The AsylumStories From The SanatoriumAgnes RichardsThe Ladies of RockhavenBaby BluesMaybe She's Born With ItStay Subservient!The Cost of Going Crazy in CaliforniaTill Commitment Do We PartAdditional Artifacts from Patton State Hospital, ca. 1930-1950Anne-Marie Maxwell
She Must Be Mad
1media/Header Image - She Must Be Mad.jpg2020-04-01T15:06:50-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b4793698011image_header9782652020-04-27T09:21:23-07:00Tyson Gaskill93cb401bee8f73160b4c4378060de7643c42eee9In the nineteenth century, psychiatrists falsely diagnosed depression and other ailments as neurasthenia—a kind of weakness of the nerves, like hysteria. The usual remedy was bed rest. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins, published in 1892, is a semiautobiographical short story about the hazards of the rest cure. It highlights the plight of women who were seen as more susceptible to mental breakdown simply because of their biology. Sylvia Plath’s lone novel The Bell Jar was published one month before her suicide. While fictional, the protagonist shares many of Plaths’ experiences, including psychiatric treatment, hospitalization, and crises of identity and sexuality. In Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, mental illness plays a critical role with one of the characters facing the same bipolar disorder as the author. Woolf received treatment at various asylums before committing suicide by drowning. Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald had a notoriously unconventional marriage, filled with infidelity, heavy drinking, and toxic fights. In 1932, while undergoing treatment for schizophrenia, she wrote Save Me the Waltz—a semiautobiographical account of their unraveling marriage. Following its publication, Zelda spent the rest of her life in and out of mental institutions. Sadly, she perished in a hospital fire, locked in a room while awaiting electroshock therapy.
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