Tag: Dorothea Dix

Treatment of Mentally Ill in the U.S. And How We Got Here

How It Began Our country does not have a good track record for treating the mentally ill. North America‚Äôs first public mental health hospital opened in 1773 in Williamsburg, VA. Named the Public Hospital for Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds. The treatments given were nothing short of torture. One procedure involved submerging patients in ice baths until they lost…