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1. In Freud’s experience spreading his new psychoanalysis treatment, why did it take on so readily in the US? Was there a culture already prepared to hear that messaging?-Margie Jones

2. Without the criticism in the late 19th century of mental hospitals would work such as Freud’s have developed? Or would it have continued as maintenance of mental illness without exploring the biological origins of the diseases.-Margie Jones

1. It is interesting how in the treatment of the lady who was unable to express herself with language Freud has ideas of things she would have been considering in her mind. Curious how it was known that she would think certain things if she was unable to express it and how did this play into the development of treatments? — Ruth Curran

2. With the analogy of repression in the Freud reading, is repression intended to be a kind of treatment? — Ruth Curran

1. Freud is so often either praised or maligned in psychology, but I think his theories show a really interesting shift in how mental health was being thought of. Most interestingly, to me, at least, is how psychoanalysis is sort of a bridge between the older ideas of curing mental illness and the newer ideas of treatment in the way that it seeks to explain the root causes of different disorders. In what ways does psychoanalysis represent a desire to change the psychiatric profession? How did its use and introduction represent a departure from psychiatric care from the decades prior? -RM

2. Grob talks a fair amount about the expansion of the psychiatric profession outside institutions during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries–was this a positive development for institutions? Psychiatry? Mental health treatment and understanding as a whole? -RM

1. Clifford Beers' book A Mind That Found Itself is identified as being the the most influential work on institutional life; how did Beers differ in the way that he dealt with the issue of institutionalization and broader social issues – feminism, etc. – from the first hand accounts we've read and why might his approach have had a wider impact? - Morgan

2. How much do we know about how mentally ill and institutionalized people felt about the rise of the mental hygiene movement and new forms of treatment? - Morgan

3. As care begins to shift back to the family and community, is there a sense that this is a return to an older tradition? - Morgan

1. I think it is interesting and odd that Freud talks about how a patient who had hysteria was suffering from something called reminiscence. I’m sort of confused about what he means by this or how he got this connection. -Jake Martin

2. In the second half of the reading it's interesting to me that people used to connect mental illness with what they called “syphilis of the brain or delirious conditions.” I’ve never heard of this before and I just think this is an interesting way to frame mental illness. -Jake Martin

1. An important point Freud mentions in his “Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis” lecture is that “hysterical patients suffer from reminiscences” and that they “remember the painful experiences of the distant past” and are still affected by these experiences. Freud argues that these people have experienced a trauma and their subconscious is holding on to that trauma and it continues to affect them. -Teresa

2. It is interesting that Szasz argues that the concept of “illness” implies “deviation from some clearly defined norm.” I find this interesting because just last class we were discussing how women were vulnerable to being diagnosed with mental illnesses and put into institutions because they deviated from the established norm of the patriarchy. Szasz thus argues that mental illness is just a social construct of what is and isn’t considered the “norm,” which echoes earlier discussions we’ve had in class. When I first read this source I was taken aback due to Szasz’s argument, but then was reminded that we discussed this in class before, and it caused me to shift my thinking on the question “what is mental illness?” -Teresa

1. I find part of Szasz’s argument interesting when put into today’s context. Explaining that labeling behaviors that are simply outside the norm is harmful makes me think of how normalized it is for people to diagnos themselves with mental disorders due to the preconcieved notion of that disorder. When in reality, doing one slightly non-uniform action does not automatically warrant a mental disorder. - NG

2. Freud referred to hysteria as a disorder called “reminiscence,” is this vocubalary unique to him or was there a shift in terminology within the field as a whole? -NG

Szasz states that it seems illogical for medicine to be the answer to a nonmedical issuse. Did this initial focus on medical sollution hinder the field of psychology? - Darian James

It is noted that Basaglia said that a patient could never be fully integrated into society if they were in an asylum. is this true?- Darian

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