Apologies for such a long break between entries. Due to moving house, we’ve not had home internet for a long time, and it’s hard to squeeze everything in on my days with access to uni wifi or my mother’s internet. I intend to have more varied content here eventually, but in the meantime, here’s another post about supposed causes of insanity.

This group of causes was given on female records at Ararat Asylum between August 1884 and the end of 1889. During this period, causes are often labelled as being “predisposing” or “exciting”.

 

 

The full list of supposed causes for this period can be found under the cut.

Accident when 3 years old
Alcoholism
Anxiety
Anxiety about effect it would have on mother to know another daughter has been in asylum
Attending religious meetings
Bodily disease
Childbed fever
Childbirth
Congenital defect
Death of child from Diphtheria 10 months ago & fretting in consequence
Death of her mother
Death of husband
Death of two children
Delirium during confinement with illegitimate child 10 years ago
Disappointment
Distraction
Domestic trouble
Drink
Epilepsy
Excessive study of religious subjects
Fall from a horse
Family trouble
Fright
Grief at death of mother & children
Heart disease
Hereditary
Impecuniosity
Inability to suckle child
Intemperance
Lactation
Loss of brother
Loss of child
Love affairs
Malignant abdominal tumour
Measles
Monetary losses
Mother received fright from blacks whilst pregnant
Nervous shock
Nursing
Old age
Opium eating
Overwork
Parturition
Predisposition
Previous attack
Religion
Religious excitement
Religious excitement through Salvation Army
Reputed to have been ill treated by husband
Seduction
Sexual intemperance
Solitary life
Sunstroke
Unrequited love
Violent temper
Worry through death of her daughter in law