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This List Of Reasons For Keeping People In Asylums Will Make You So Glad You Don't Live In The 1800s

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According to author Maureen Dabbagh, who wrote Parental Kidnapping in America: An Historical and Cultural Analysis, which examined the patterns and reasoning behind people being committed in the 1800s, the majority of patients were treated for "acute mania," "chronic dementia," or "melancholia."

But! The asylum was ALSO used as a means of escaping bad marriages, and in some cases, as a way for unhappy spouses to dump their husband or wife.

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According to Dabbagh, "spouses used lunacy laws to rid themselves of their partners and in abducting their children," because people could be admitted against their will, by spouses or family members.