Reasons for Admission into a Lunatic Asylum

I was sent this link (picture below) by a friend, which shows the many ridiculous reasons why someone could be admitted into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia between 1864 and 1889. I assume these were collected off of the admission sheets, instead of being on a giant billboard or something. "Does a family member suffer from one of these things? Send a telegram to 1-800-LOONEY-BIN today!"

This list comes directly from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum's website, since the building is now used for ghost tours and a heritage museum.


There are an awful lot of reasons, so I'm going to highlight a few of my favorite:
-"Deranged Masturbation" – . . . did it include a goat or something?
-"Business Nerves" – "Bob, why are you sweating and muttering 'Buy!' 'Sell!'" "Oh, sorry, Tom. It's just my business nerves acting up."
-"Seduction and Disappointment" – Wow, when the sex is SO BAD you have to go into a mental asylum.
-"Bad Whiskey" – Ditto on above commentary
-"Tobacco and Masturbation" – What, together?
-"Religious Enthusiasm" – Sounds about right.
-"Parents Were Cousins" – Yeah, that'd weird anyone out.
-"Menstrual Deranged" AND "Uterine Derangement" – GAH MY UTERUS IS SO DERANGED TODAY. MY UTERUS HAS GONE MAAAAD.
-"Laziness" – Oooh, I can bring this up to my teenage son, if I ever have a teenage son.

Guys, if this place is used for ghost tours, they must have a lot of masturbating ghosts running around.

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