Some institutions would starve and overdosed children with morphine. Brandenburg-Gorden Hans was the headquarters for euthanasia, or “mercy killings.” This practice eventually lead to concentration camps to implement “mercy killings” among adults. Although euthanasia does not sound like treatment for the mentally ill, many eugenicist believed there was no cure for mental illnesses so racial hygiene was the only option in preventing illness. Other places, like Innsbruck, Austria, would actually use electroshock to immobilize mentally ill children (ccdhfr). Electro convulsion therapy (ECT) is the practice of using electro currents to induce a brief convulsion in order to help a patient that has been diagnose with mental illnesses.
Prior to the classifications of mental illness that began in 1883, all mentally ill patients were treated the same, whether they were violent, schizophrenic or manic depressive, it did not matter; all patients were treated as if they were possessed by the devil (Harmon 19). Treatment for possession included exorcisms and other religious rituals as well as physical torture. During the 1600's mental patients were increasingly isolated from the rest of the population in asylums. Patients in these institutions lived in deplorable conditions, often stuck in dungeons, or chained to walls. In some places, like "Bedlam" in London patients were put on display as entertainment for citizens.
Psychiatrist: The Human Mind Helper In ancient times, a superstition was once believed by humans that erratic behavior was the possession of spiritually evil demons, that only wizardry or sorcery could mend and cure the mentally ill. In 1808, a man named Professor Johann Christian Reil developed a new medicine field called Psychiatry, meaning the soul or mind. Eventually, the physicians practicing this medical field were known as Psychiatrist (“History of Psychiatry”). As time passed, the field started to evolve and the knowledge expanded becoming one of the oldest medical fields still existing today (“Psychiatrist – DO/MD”). Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are experts at preventing and treating psychological illnesses such as mental disorders.
was prescribed for treatment of depression and pain, and olanzapine 2.5 mg q. supper and p.r.n. was prescribed for depression and agitation. Prior to admission, Mr. Peron had experienced significant suicidal ideation, and hopelessness. There was a history of an overdose one year ago with Emergency Room psychiatric assessment, but no other history of suicide attempts or psychiatric treatment. Mr. Peron scored 18/30 on the Mini-Mental State Examination during the admission.