Here Are 30 [PHOTOS] From Old Mental Asylums That Will Haunt Your Dreams


I’ve never been someone who’s afraid of much of anything but there’s something about these photos that gives me the willies. It makes you wonder if these are the photos we’re seeing, how many other freakish things were never caught on film? These photos are incredibly creepy…

1. This is just plain creepy.

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2. Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire ca. 1869.

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3. Sunland asylum, this is Dr. Freeman, the man who invented lobotomies.

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4. A ‘self-decorated’ patient in the 1800’s.



45. Hydrotherapy first used in the early 1900s, Immersion in a tub of water to make a patient relax when agitated or relieve some ailment. This lasted a few hours to overnight. 1936.



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6. This is a 17th century insanity mask.

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7. In the late 19th century, it was believed that masturbation caused insanity. Therefore this device was created to prevent men from doing such insane behavior.

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8. An abandoned asylum in Italy.

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9. An X-ray showing needles driven into the skin of a patient in an psychiatric ward.

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10. Patients in steam cabinets in the early 1900’s.

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11. Medicating for self harm.

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12. Washington, D.C., circa 1921. “Foundling Hospital, playroom.” Tots at the Washington Asylum for ‘Foundlings’.

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13. Sections of brain encased in wax, for research.

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14. Insane Asylum in Spain.

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15. Drawing from a paranoid schizophrenic patient.

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16. A mother who has tuberculous, and is on strict bed rest, leaves her room at the sanatorium for a Sunday walk with her family…but she does not leave her bed.

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17. Norwich State Hospital in Connecticut.

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18. This is a Mechanical Slapping Device used in the asylum in BC.

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19. This is at the Philadelphia State Hospital, this man is in the violent ward.

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20. These are Lobotomy tools.

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21. This is a picture of patients in the asylum in the 1940s.

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22. Reasons to be admitted in the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum. 

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23. This was the dining hall in the basement.

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24.The Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Long Island, NY, USA could house as many as 14,000 patients at a time. This self-sufficient mental asylum adopted extremely aggressive methods of “curing the insane”. Lobotomies and electric shock therapy were the norm.

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25. In the 1870s, this was the asylum in Michigan.

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26. A patient undergoing lateral cerebral diathermia treatment in the early 1920’s. Doctors eventually deemed it unsafe and unreliable.

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27. This is the image of an asylum patient being restrained by workers.

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28. This chair was used to calm down irrational patients.

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29. These are female patients being treated with Radium therapy.

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30. And lastly, this is a patient of Serbian Psychiatric Hospital taken in 1999.

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