Mental Illness in Film

Scene from A Beautiful Mind (2000), a film that got me interested in psychiatry, which poignantly depicts schizophrenia from the perspective of the sufferer. The film, starring Russell Crowe as Nobel Prize-winning mathematician John Nash, also highlig…

History of Mental Health in the United States HIST471G4 Self Introduction

Hello, I’m Chris O’Neill, a senior at UMW. Previously, I have studied ancient European and Asian history here at UMW, which has helped me to gain a unique perspective on how historical events have shaped different regions of the globe. Before becoming a history major, however, I entertained the idea of becoming a psychiatrist due …


Hi! My name is Allison and I am a history major at UMW. My educational journey has been nontraditional, but I’m excited to say that after several years of taking a class or two a semester, I’m almost done with my degree! I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve […]

Eastern State – Virginia as a leader in asylum care

Eastern State Hospital is a psychiatric hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is the oldest psychiatric hospital in this country. Built in 1773, it was the first public facility in the United States constructed solely for the care and treatment of the mentally ill. The original building had burned but was reconstructed in 1985. Percival Goodhouse  was one of the …

About Me & This Class

Hi everyone! I’m Mallory Karnei, a senior at the University of Mary Washington where I’ve been studying History and Secondary Education. I am technically from Maryland considering I have lived there for nearly eight years now, but I was originally born and raised in Sterling, Virginia. I moved to Pasadena, Maryland before the start of… Continue reading About Me & This Class