In the modern world, there’s a growing awareness and refreshed attitude towards mental health issues in children and adults. Today’s social attitudes towards mental health are a stark contrast to those attitudes from a few centuries ago; the further back in history that you delve, the worse the social attitudes towards mental health become.
Social Attitudes Towards Mental Health in the 18th and 19th Centuries
For much of the 18th century and the previous years, mental health issues were mostly treated either at home or in unregulated institutions; the oldest of which in Europe is the Bethlem Royal Hospital. At this point in history, mental illness was often considered to be super naturalistic, with the common social attitude being that mental health issues were the result of evil spirits.
The Age of Enlightenment in the latter part of the 18th century and the Madhouses Act 1774 sa
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