WEEK#13: What is Schizophrenia?

Above is an informational TEDed about Schizophrenia. In class, we have talked about Schizophrenia, and reading Pete Earley’s book we get first-hand accounts of the disorder, but I wanted to know more. Schizophrenia is a complex disorder and does not present the same in every individual. Earley’s work is, in my opinion, pessimistic which is …

Week#10: A Racial Disparity in Schizophrenia Diagnoses in Nursing Homes.

The Discrimination Continues. On October 15, 2021, the above article was published in the New York Times. Under two weeks ago, “A Racial Disparity in Schizophrenia Diagnoses in Nursing Homes,” shows the continuation of the discrimination of black people in the United States from the Civil Rights Era to the present However, in this case, […]

Week#9: St. Elizabeths’ delayed response to coronavirus contributed to 18 deaths, report says.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/st-elizabeths-covid-deaths/2021/03/01/b10d9230-7a99-11eb-b0fc-83144c02d676_story.html One of the readings for this week was the continuation of Summers, Madness in the City. Summers Published his work in 2019, but the history Summers gives of Saint Elizabeths ends in the 1980s. I wanted to follow up on Summers’s work and find out how Saint Elizabeths was doing today and if the […]

Week#7: Personality Disorders

In Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen dedicated two chapters of her book defining Borderline Personality Disorder and breaking down the diagnosis. Although she gives a good example of the disorder, I wanted to find out more about personality disorders in general. A great place to start is Crash Couse, an education Youtube Channel run by famous […]

Week#4: Racist origins: Central State was built to imprison Black people in nightmarish conditions.

https://www.progress-index.com/story/news/local/2021/07/27/central-state-hospitals-history-and-social-control-blacks/5381100001/ This article is about Central State Hospital. A mental institution in Virginia that was built with the sole purpose of house “insane and idiotic colored persons”. This article talks more about the opinions of white Physicians and how they thought about mental illness in enslaved and newly freed African-Americans. Similar to how Galt thought […]

Week#3: Therapeutic Architecture

http://pabook2.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/Kirkbride.html I have chosen the architecture of mental institutions as my digital project topic. After doing the reading for Tomes, the Kirkbride Plan piqued my interest. I found this article about Danville State Hospital in Pennsylvania which was modeled after the Kirkbride Plan for building “Asylums”. I choose this institution specifically because it is still […]

Week#1: HIST471G4

Introduction Welcome to my History of Mental Health in the United States Website. My name is Jayden Jordan and I am a senior at The University of Mary Washington. Like the majority of students in this class, I am a history major. My interest in history began in high school. I was fortunate enough to […]