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I was genuinely a bit confused about Freud's explanation/theory of what repression was in terms of psychiatry. I felt like his analogy helped me a little, but I still feel unsure. If any of y'all want to enlighten me by responding to this post, that would be rad. - Joey Welch

The story of Lisa in the freedom section really stood out to me. Specifically when she runs away and they cut her nails and took her belt. While these can be seen as safety hazards it makes me wonder, How dehumanization plays into treat of the mentally ill? - Darian James

One thing that Kaysen mentions is how they had to earn more freedom. Whether that be more time between checks or being aloud out of the asylum. Is this an effective way to help these patients' behaviors?- Darian James

1. Kaysen is ultimately able to transition out of the hospital because she got engaged; how is the role that men play in the institutionalization of women similar to and different from the older accounts of women we've read? - Morgan

2. Kaysen included a number of letters written to aid in her transition out of the hospital, including one to a telephone company to help her stay in contact and one confirming that she should be able to drive a car. How do the specific circumstances in which the hospital aids its patients in transitioning show the views on mental health and those hospitalized outside of the hospital? - Morgan

1.Was it common to have patients be able to escape as frequently as Lisa is listed as doing?-Margie Jones

2.When did the asylums switch to a more enforced stay? Especially with self-check-in, how did they manage that?

1. It’s interesting how Kaysen starts the book by stating how easy it is to be admitted into a mental hospital. I think it is especially interesting when you look at the context of the book. The book is about Kaysen’s experiences in an asylum in the 1960s. The 1960s was a highly misogynistic time and, as we discussed in class before, it was incredibly easy for women during misogynistic times to be admitted into mental health institutions especially if people thought women were rebelling against social norms. -Teresa

2. I think Kaysen’s point of how the world may be missing out on some of the most creative minds because they were considered mentally ill and were institutionalized because they didn’t see the world in a “normal” way. How many artists or amazing minds do you think the world has missed out on? -Teresa

When Kaysen thought about the nature of mental illness, and considered the construct that made her personally be considered mentally ill (being outside the societal norm), it reminded me of Szasz’s perspective of mental illness. His perspective on mental illness being dictated as anything out of the normal, goes completely inline with how Kaysen was thinking at this point in the book. - NG

1. I think it's super interesting comparing two of the firsthand accounts of mental institutions in Bly and Kaysen. Obviously, there’s a big functional difference in that Bly was faking issues where Kaysen had something going on, but nevertheless, it's quite interesting to see the relative similarities of environments, how they affect care and its perception, and the now ever-present cure vs. treat debate. In general, how do these two accounts represent continuity in psychiatry almost 80 years apart? -RM

2. Kaysen’s account brings up questions of agency that are somewhat unique in what we’ve read so far. Do Kaysen and other psychiatric patients in the late 60s have more or less personal agency than patients in the two previous major eras of institutionalization that we’ve seen so far? -RM

1. Kaysen originally was only to be at McClean hospital for two weeks, this didn't end up being the case. Was uncertainty common, or a bargaining tool to control patients? -RJD

2. It sounds like patients were pretty free to intermingle at McClean, is this accurate? -RJD

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