will eventually have more varied content here, I promise! At the moment, though, I am still neck deep in asylum records and I am always fascinated by the things they list as being the cause of a patient’s mental health problems. This batch is from Ararat Asylum in the 1890s.

The full list of causes can be found under the cut.

 

Adolescence
Adolescent period
Adverse Circumstances
Alcoholism
Apoplexy
Arrest of development
Arrested development
Bodily disease
Brooding over death of children
Catamenial
Change of life
Chronic Bright’s Disease
Climacteric
Congenital
Death of father
Death of husband
Depraved life
Desertion of husband
Disappointment in love
Domestic trouble
Drink
Epilepsy
Erysipelas
Excitement over bushfire
Family bereavements
Family troubles
Fretting since desertion of husband 15 years ago
Fright
Fright from a fire
Head injury in rail accident
Heart disease
Hemiplegia
Heredity
Hydatid disease
Hysteria
Influenza
Intemperance
Injury to head when a child
Irregular conduct
Irregular life
Lactation
Loss of her family
Love affairs
Menstrual
Menstrual irregularity
Miscarriage
Mother getting fright from lunatic brother when enceinte
Old age
Opium eating
Opium smoking
Over lactation
Over study when a child
Overwork
Paralysis
Paralysis of left side
Phthisis
Poverty
Previous attacks
Previous bodily weakness
Privation
Puerperal convulsions
Puerperal state
Religious fervour
Rheumatism
Senile decay
Senility
Sequela to measles
Sexual excitement
Shock from being nearly drowned
Solitary life
Solitude
Still born child
Sudden death of mother
Sunstroke
Supposed ill-treatment by husband
Syphilis
Thermal conditions
Trouble
Trouble through death of sister
Troubled mind
Typhoid fever
Uterine affection
Want
Worry
Worry over a son who recently lost an arm