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How were people with serious mental disabilities treated before the establishment of mental asylums?

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May 12, 2012 4:08PM

Before the establishment of mental asylums... well you see mental asylums were actually always there, even in the time of the artist of The Scream. if you are referring to earlier times, then in those days mentally disabled people lived in the streets, and they had to fend for themselves if their kids/family members did n't. Doctors did not actually try to find therapy. Remember King Lear ? They usually put patients to sleep... and maybe prescribed herbs of some sort, but naturally enough the sleep and rest did it all :)