Healthcare for the Mental Ill

My Curator Project – Brandon Shaughnessy

Final Post – Questions

Posted in What I Learned (6) on February 24, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

I first thought the mentally ill were these weirdos who just lived in an insane asylums. I knew very little and I was thinking like crazy trying to learn all I can about the subject. Later into my research though, my thinking was much more relaxed and I was able to focus well. I learned many things on the mentally ill. Asylums were terrible places, admission was earned for weird reasons, and a lot of people died in asylums. While researching I made the connection of how military officers feel after they have seen war. They can go crazy or become depressed after they get back from a war. The biggest AH-HA moment for me was figuring out the reasons for admission. I was wondering why people went to insane asylums and I figured out people can get sent there just because they are disliked. There are 86 reasons for admission, chances are a person falls under at least one of them. If I could continue my research I would compare and contrast the difference between asylums and prisons, especially the life of the inmates ore patients. This would give me an even better understanding of reform and how prisons changed too.

Curating is basically self reflection during my research. Research is finding and using the information in a report, while curating is much more advanced making me analyze primary sources, checking to make sure I’m on task, and to organize my thoughts so other people can read them. I had more successes than I did failures. I used Mrs. Inloes’s Wiki to help me find primary sources and credible information. When I did use Google I checked to make sure the website I was using was valid and credible. I also succeeded in citing my sources which I did with little difficulty. My only failure was finding two websites where the information didn’t seem to be credible and I had already read half of the information. If I had the opportunity to do this project over again, I would keep almost all of my strategies the same. I was very impressed with how I worked with the blog and I understood the topic perfectly. My researching methods were fantastic and citing my sources barely gave me any trouble. This project can help me in the future when I’m doing projects that require a lot of research on the internet. Halfway through my research I can stop myself and reflect on how I have been doing up to this point. Ask myself, are the websites valid and credible? Am I doing a good job citing my sources? Am I making good time? Am I finding enough quotes and other primary sources? All of these questions will help me in the future.

Using the internet is a great way to research topics. However, one has to be careful while on the web. There may be websites with false information on the topic they are researching. One must also cite their sources, or else it’s plagiarism. Using a blog in the future would be a great choice for future assignments. It is a new, interactive way for the learner to obtain information in an exiting and fun way. The most interesting thing about this curator project was thinking about my own thinking. I realized I think very fast and my thoughts are unorganized, so it was a challenge to put them together and create a blog about them. And I now view learning as a new whole experience too. Who knew I could be graded on my thinking about my thinking? All in all, this project has taught me a lot on the topic of mental health, but most importantly, I have become a better learner, researcher, and curator.

Citing My Sources

Posted in Bibliography (7) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

Just like usual, I find myself with multiple resources including primary and secondary sources. I was able to pick how the credible websites from the non-credible websites and successfully cited all my sources correctly using I made sure to insert the citation underneath pictures in the caption bar. With so many resources, I felt like I was able to develop an excellent understanding of the mentally ill before and after the age of reform.


Posted in Bibliography (7) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon
“Appalachian History.” Appalachian History. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. <>.
“Brain Pickings.” Brain Pickings RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2014. <>.
“Clinton Valley Center.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. <>.
“Dangerous Minds | List of Reasons for Admission to an Insane Asylum from the Late 1800s.” DangerousMinds. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. <>.
“Modern Treatments.” Treatment of the Mentally Ill. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. <>.
“Prison and Asylum Reform.” Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2014. <>.
“Women and the Insane Asylum.” Women and the Insane Asylum. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. <>.
Zennie, Michael. “The Chilling Pictures of Suitcases Left in a New York Insane Asylum by Patients Who Were Locked Away for the Rest of Their Lives.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 09 June 2013. Web. 21 Feb. 2014. <>.

Before and After (The Mental Ill)

Posted in What I Learned (6) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

Before the age of insane asylums, if someone was mentally ill, chances are you would kill them immediately, because you didn’t want to be seen with someone like that hanging around you. However, when insane asylums started popping up, people could just give the mental ill to the asylums and let them deal with the weirdos. At first it was supposed to be a place where the mentally ill would go to get treatment, but it was more like a relief center… for rich folks. If a rich person didn’t like somebody, or his wife, or some poor guy, he could just send them to an insane asylum to get rid of them, because there are 86 reasons a person can be admitted into an asylum for.  So if someone got submitted into an insane asylum, it just pushed their life expectancy thirty days higher because insane asylums were terrible. The buildings themselves were technologically advanced, but it’s not like guards and owners cared too much about their patients. Rooms were cold, food was poor, disease spread quickly, violence was common, and worst of all, nothing was done about murder (come to think of it, what would they have done? It’s not like they can send them to jail because they were practically already in jail.) Life expectancy was very short living inside an insane asylum, yet people still survived. The years went on and insane asylums barely improved. However, towards the turn of the 21st Century, insane asylums were abolished and the mentally ill had much better treatment. They now have counselors, prescriptions, and day-to-day guidance. It is hard to believe that people were treated that badly not that long ago, but it’s history and that’s what makes research so interesting.

Before and After (Me)

Posted in What I Learned (6) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

The main point of this project was for me to reflect on what I was doing before, during, and after my research, and lets just say, it has been interesting. I never realized how much work goes into research, I mean i was able to create an entire blog. And it was exciting being a curator too. It was like taking a magnifying glass and examining me. At first, I was so confused on what to do, but once I started I realized I was supposed to create a blog on the way I think during my research. By doing this, it will help me in the future on multiple things like tests, homework, journal codes, essays, and blogs. It will help me because I will be able to stop and examine myself, and reflect on what I have been doing and see if I am creating 4/A material. Self reflection will be very useful in high school and college, giving me an edge on the other students. This curator project was strange at first, but became exciting and a new way to think.

Women and Insane Asylums

Posted in Finishing Research (5) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

It took me awhile to find, but sure enough I found an article explaining life as a women (which sucked) during the insane asylum era. If you were a women, you had to act perfectly because your husband could send you to an insane asylum just for the heck of it. If you showed any sign of depression, alcoholism, or even going through menopause, you might just end up in an insane asylum because men had all the power back then. Another reason a women might get tossed in an asylum is if the husband wanted a divorce. Instead of committing a sin against the church, they would just toss her in an asylum. When she lives in an asylum, it’s as if she doesn’t even exist. Poor food, terrible cleanliness, cold rooms, and spreading of disease made life tough in an insane asylum, especially if you were a woman. If I were living in that era I would’ve been saved just because of my gender. I could not imagine living in a time like that where your life was practically worthless if you were a women.

Side Note 4

Posted in My Thoughts (4) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

I have to say citing my sources sucks. It’s a big waste of time (in my mind) and is a buzz kill. I’ll be just about ready to type in a keyword into Google when I’m like, “Oops, almost forgot to cite my sources.” And I’ll have to go back, do this and that, and then finally I have my sources cited. I have to remember, though, why I cite my sources. I can’t be taking credit for somebody else work. I would be pretty mad if I put in all this hard work to find out all this information on the mentally ill and some random kid just copies my entire blog and gets an A on it. So I have to put myself in the authors’ shoes of these websites and give them credit, because they did the work, not me.

Side Note 3

Posted in My Thoughts (4) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

Sometimes I get to enthralled in research that I forget why I started researching in the first place, but isn’t that what research is? My essential question was to find the difference before and after the age of reform on the topic of mental illness. Instead of just finding out that question I end up learning about insane asylum architecture, and weird reasons for admission. So it isn’t just a ready, aim, fire ordeal, it’s a journey with all sorts of twists and turns, so who knows what I’ll find next?

Side Note 2

Posted in My Thoughts (4) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

So you are probably wondering how can somebody go mentally ill? I mean they can be born mentally ill, but that’s not what I’m focusing on. People suffer losing loved ones such as children, parents, and spouses, but that happens all the time in the modern world. One goes mentally ill because something really messed with their head. My mom sometimes works as a counselor for the mentally ill and she hears all sorts of stories. One lady was in Iraq guarding her post. Her job was to kill anyone who tried to pass. She’s guarding her post when all of a sudden a child turns the corner and starts heading for her. Now ask yourself, what would you do in that situation? Would you obey orders and kill the child or would you let the child live, because what have they done wrong? Anyway, the lady decided not to shoot the child. Turns out the child had a bomb strapped to them. She and one other person got injured, while two other soldiers got killed. It is a difficult situation to be in, and it’s no wonder she has had a hard time recovering. It is people like her who need treatment rather than just being tossed in a padded room and left to suffer.

Modern Treatment

Posted in Finishing Research (5) on February 23, 2014 by Shaughnessy, Brandon

Good News! In today’s modern world, we don’t actually have insane asylums. We do, however, have hospitals that treat the mentally ill with more modern methods, rather than whipping and murder. These hospitals have many names, but the most common is a psychiatric hospital. Treatments at these hospitals include drug therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and most common, supportive psychotherapy. So basically besides using drugs, all the other methods are between the counselor/doctor and patient. It is good to know patients get treated with respect and have good guidance while recovering in today’s world.