Mental Illness in the Victorian Era Kennedy Henderson - 4th May

Did gender play a role in the treatment of mental illnesses?

Yes, gender played a role in the expectations that men and women had when dealing with their illnesses. Men were expected to be strong, never showing emotion. Women were expected to have excessive emotions, always prone to tears.

Did religion change the diagnosis of mental illnesses?

Religion was commonly seen as a call for mental diseases by non-religious doctors. They believed that the high expectation of religious peoples caused depression, hallucinations, and tension in the mind.

What is moral insanity?

Moral insanity was a widely suffered mental illness that changed the way people acted and thought. It was common between all of the classes, and it was seen to be without morals that a normal person should have.


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