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(p. 6) History of the Mistreatment of Women with Serious Mental Illness 

(p. 6) History of the Mistreatment of Women with Serious Mental Illness
(p. 6) History of the Mistreatment of Women with Serious Mental Illness

Lauren Mizock

and Erika Carr

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date: 12 May 2021

Chapter 2 reviews the history of psychiatric treatment of women with mental illness in the United States and Western Europe. The chapter covers ways in which labeling women as “mad’ has marginalized women, while those with actual psychiatric symptoms were mistreated or overlooked in mental health care. This chapter reviews relevant mental health trends in the treatment of women in the Western world for the past several centuries, from the mass hysteria of witch hunts, to gynecological surgeries believed to cure insanity. Critics of misogynistic treatments and their struggles for justice are highlighted. Themes in the mistreatment of women’s mental health that continue in the present day are also explored. Discussion questions and activities are included.

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