April 15th, 2010


Early Psychology

Setting: Los Angeles, CA roughly between 1920 and 1950

Firstly, I need to know what life was like for patients in asylums.  I'm trying to create an asylum based on the Philadelphia State Hospital at Byberry which was shut down for the horrible living conditions.  I'm really looking for the types of "treatments" the patients would have received.  I can't really find any detailed accounts of early mental health treatments.  I might not be using the right search terms. 

Tried: history of mental health treatment, early insane asylums, early psychological treatment, and variations of those.

Also, I'm trying to figure out how borderline personality disorder was treated in the same time period.  I'm not even sure if it was called by the same name, though Wikipedia suggests that it was from 1938 onward.  This probably would also fall under the general treatment of patients in insane asylums, since I think women were shoved into these places for things as simple as menopause.

Tried: bpd treatment 1900, bpd treatment history, etc.

Even if you guys can point me in the direction of some appropriate search terms, it would be really helpful!  Thanks!