Psychiatric hospitals, also known as mental hospitals, mental health units, mental asylums or simply asylums, are hospitals or wards specializing in the treatment of serious mental illness.
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I do not oppose the insane asylum—but I abhor and condemn the cutthroat system that robs man of his reason, drives him to insanity and makes the lunatic asylum an indispensable adjunct to every civilized community.
Eugene V. Debs, "What's the matter with Chicago?" (1902)The psychiatrist unfailingly recognizes the madman by his excited behavior on being incarcerated.
Karl Kraus, (1874-1936), as cited in Anti-Freud: Karl Kraus’s Criticism of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry, Syracuse University Press, 1990.He grabbed me. We got into a terrible fight. My verdict was given: “You will now be given an electric shock, Shagufta. We need to calm you down.” I tore away, and ran to the other side of the asylum, and on one of its walls, I wrote: “Nazi Camp.” He began grinning.
Sara Shagufta, Monologues from the Mental Asylum, an excerpt from The Lost Journals of Sara Shagufta, 1982, translated from the Urdu by Asad Alvi, Desi Writers' Lounge.This evening, I am being released. I sit in the courtyard of the Karachi Psychiatric Asylum and write this. Half an hour ago, the women bid me farewell; they gathered about me: we all began crying together in loud, mournful tones. The eye on the lock shut itself: the door was opened. They stood clinging to the bars, still crying. I turned and asked, perplexed: “Aren’t you happy for me girls? I’m finally free.” “No Sara Shagufta.” They spoke, almost in one voice. “Don’t you know? You’re now stepping into the real mental asylum.”
Sara Shagufta, Monologues from the Mental Asylum, an excerpt from The Lost Journals of Sara Shagufta, 1982, translated from the Urdu by Asad Alvi, Desi Writers' Lounge.
== See also ==
Madhouse (1974 film)
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