Today on our regular list of ten we have a very interesting yet very disturbing topic for your guys regarding insane asylums but nonetheless, the information is crucial as far as awareness is concerned. You know how we have seen a growing trend of sending people to old homes, children with a little bit of mental issues to psychiatric wards for a number of days, of sending women to women shelters and stuff like that. We assure you that research for this particular article opened our eyes to why so many horror films are based on or at insane asylums for if you really know what goes on in these places, the information will make your skin crawl. So expect your skin to crawl when you read this list of dark secrets about insane asylums!
So when we say something like dark secrets about insane asylums and what goes on in there, the first thing that comes to mind is the inevitable lobotomy. We are sure that you are all aware what lobotomies are and for those who aren’t, it is an invasive and brutal procedure whereby they take a portion of your brain out to make you a vegetable in situations where the doctors claim that the mental illness was so swear that this had to be done. Lobotomies have decreased in number now but they do still take place as inhumane as that might sound. And to begin with, this is perhaps the darkest of all secrets.
9. Bed Strapping
Next up on our list of dark secret about insane asylums we have the bed strapping routine. We are sure that most of you would be like what is the harm in bed strapping a person if they are a danger to themselves or if due to their medical condition, they really are out of control. Now while we agree with you on this whole thing and agree to it too, there is one thing strapping a patient to bed and a whole other thing strapping them for so long that the skin actually starts growing over the bonds. We can only imagine how tight the bonds would have to be for something like this to happen.
8. Inducing Coma
If you think the above mentioned was cruel enough then you ought to read this one. It has been reported that there are several insane asylums in this world (cruel and ruthless on the inside as it is on the outside) where patients are given so much of certain drugs (names are being withheld purposefully) that the patient fall into a coma almost instantly. The excuse again is that of untreatable circumstances and the volatile behavior of the patient but we maintain that it is this exact reason that the poor souls were admitted in the place to begin with.
7. LSD and Heroine
As we continue down our list of dark secrets about insane asylums we reach the point where we have to tell you that sometimes to calm down the patients, doctors prescribe (a prescription is really not mandatory especially for such medical expertise and their enforcement) drugs such as heroine. The drugs are supplied in a generous quantity so as to keep the patient under check for a longer period of time. The general underlying logic that prevails is that since the patients are already brain damaged, what is the worst that can happen?
6. Human Circus
So it came to light some insane asylums had actually started to allow visitors in to see the patients. And now while you all must be thinking how this is really big of the asylum administration and that public exposure might be good for the patients, the fact of the matter is actually quite different. We are talking about one of the oldest institutions, ones that started around 1357. The visiting public used to pay to watch the freaks and poke them with sticks like monkeys in a cage. Says a lot about us humans doesn’t it?
5. Electric Shocks
Another fairly common method of calming patients down becomes a part of our list of dark secrets about insane asylums. Did you guys know that some patients were electrocuted to the point where their brains got fried and then they were just left as such since you know brain damage is already there so what’s with a little more.
We are not going to deliberate a lot on this next point on our list. Suffice to say that harassment is, was and forever will be common practice in those insane corridors. Needless to say the victims were unable to report anything what with them being mentally ill. And, come to think of it, who would believe them even if they did.
Next for the dark secrets about insane asylums we have castration. Anyone from the criminally insane to the mentally insane to the simply dumb was castrated. The law was passed by the state of Kansas in 1913 and this practice was first carried out in Topeka state hospital. It happened so much that as much as 3000 people resultantly became infertile.
Haunted asylums are a commonality because of the ruthless way the patients were handled. In some cases, patients were locked into rooms sans clothing and they would die there and go unnoticed for days on end. Such is the level of care dispensed to the lost souls.
1. Padded Walls
Last but not the least, on our list of dark secrets about insane asylums is about padded walls. Did you guys know that insane asylums have more padded walls per square meter than any other building in the world? We don’t know about you but the thoughts runs shivers down our spines.
As we come to the end of our list on dark secrets about insane asylums, we can only wish and pray that people stop feeling the need to send others to these places! The horrific activities behind closed doors, the staff that is irritated to the T what with living amongst mentally ill people and the criminally insane, the never ending padded walls is just a bit to inhumane-even now!