Reasons for Admission to a Psychiatric Hospital 1864-1889

West Virginia Hospital for the Insane was a 250 capacity psychiatric hospital that opened in 1864. This list details the official “reasons for admission” of the hospital’s patients between 1864 & 1889, exactly as recorded in its logbook. (The original list is a little longer - I've removed duplicates etc to keep it under 100 for List App.)
  1. 1.
    Grief
  2. 2.
    Asthma
  3. 3.
    Domestic trouble
  4. 4.
    The War
  5. 5.
    Masturbation for 30 years
  6. 6.
    Dissipation of nerves
  7. 7.
    Intemperence & Business Trouble
  8. 8.
    Jealousy
  9. 9.
    Exposure in Army
  10. 10.
    Self Abuse
  11. 11.
    Venerial Excesses
  12. 12.
    Shooting of daughter
  13. 13.
    Parents were cousins
  14. 14.
    Exposure and hereditary
  15. 15.
    Uterine derangement
  16. 16.
    Death of sons in war
  17. 17.
    Political excitement
  18. 18.
    Desertion by husband
  19. 19.
    Sexual Derangement
  20. 20.
    Feebleness of intellect
  21. 21.
    Rumor of husband's murder
  22. 22.
    Mental excitement
  23. 23.
    Disappointment
  24. 24.
    Jealousy and Religion
  25. 25.
    Seduction and Disappointment
  26. 26.
    Disappointed love
  27. 27.
    Fits and disertion of husband
  28. 28.
    Suppressed masturbation
  29. 29.
    Deranged masturbation
  30. 30.
    Hard study
  31. 31.
    Effusion on the brain
  32. 32.
    False confinement
  33. 33.
    Sexual abuse and confinement
  34. 34.
    Excitement as Officer
  35. 35.
    Fall from horse
  36. 36.
    Disappointed affection
  37. 37.
    Cold
  38. 38.
    Indigestion
  39. 39.
    Brain Fever
  40. 40.
    Carbonic Acid Gas
  41. 41.
    Exposure and quackery
  42. 42.
    Snuff eating for 2 years
  43. 43.
    Periodical fits, tobacco & masturbation
  44. 44.
    Hysteria
  45. 45.
    Female disease
  46. 46.
    Religious Enthusiasm
  47. 47.
    Loss of arm
  48. 48.
    Ill treatment by husband
  49. 49.
    Scarlatina
  50. 50.
    Small Pox
  51. 51.
    Hereditary predisposition
  52. 52.
    Epileptic fits
  53. 53.
    Suppression of menses
  54. 54.
    Kicked in the head by a horse
  55. 55.
    Superstition
  56. 56.
    Bite of a rattlesnake
  57. 57.
    Dog bite
  58. 58.
    Novel reading
  59. 59.
    Egotism
  60. 60.
    Salvation Army
  61. 61.
    Imaginary female trouble
  62. 62.
    Diphtheria
  63. 63.
    Over taxing mental powers
  64. 64.
    Vicious vices early in life
  65. 65.
    Politics
  66. 66.
    Women
  67. 67.
    Nymphomania
  68. 68.
    Moral sanity
  69. 69.
    Greediness
  70. 70.
    Time of life
  71. 71.
    Cerebral softening
  72. 72.
    Gunshot wound
  73. 73.
    Liver and social disease
  74. 74.
    Seduction
  75. 75.
    Business nerves
  76. 76.
    Gathering in the head
  77. 77.
    Bad company
  78. 78.
    Sunstroke
  79. 79.
    Carbuncle
  80. 80.
    Domestic affliction
  81. 81.
    Pecuniary losses
  82. 82.
    Worms
  83. 83.
    Congestion of brain
  84. 84.
    Remorse
  85. 85.
    Milk fever
  86. 86.
    Opium habit
  87. 87.
    Crime
  88. 88.
    Excessive sexual abuse
  89. 89.
    Fighting fire
  90. 90.
    Bad whiskey
  91. 91.
    Explosion of shell nearby
  92. 92.
    Marriage to son
  93. 93.
    Medicine to prevent conception
  94. 94.
    Over study of religion
  95. 95.
    Immoral life
  96. 96.
    Young lady and fear
  97. 97.
    Laziness
  98. 98.
    Constitutional
  99. 99.
    Fever and nerved