An illustration from 1890 shows a doctor ordering the removal of chains from patients at the Paris Asylum for insane women in France. The treatment of mental health has come a long way since then. Photo: Getty Images An illustration from 1890 shows a doctor ordering the removal of chains from patients at the Paris Asylum for insane women in France. The treatment of mental health has come a long way since then. Photo: Getty Images
An illustration from 1890 shows a doctor ordering the removal of chains from patients at the Paris Asylum for insane women in France. The treatment of mental health has come a long way since then. Photo: Getty Images

The history of mental health and how treatment has evolved, from beatings to ketamine to mindfulness and meditation

  • The earliest descriptions of depression appeared 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia, where it was thought to be caused by demonic possession
  • The development of clinical psychiatry and antidepressants, along with a much greater awareness of the illness, have been crucial to advances in treatment

Topic |   Wellness
An illustration from 1890 shows a doctor ordering the removal of chains from patients at the Paris Asylum for insane women in France. The treatment of mental health has come a long way since then. Photo: Getty Images An illustration from 1890 shows a doctor ordering the removal of chains from patients at the Paris Asylum for insane women in France. The treatment of mental health has come a long way since then. Photo: Getty Images
An illustration from 1890 shows a doctor ordering the removal of chains from patients at the Paris Asylum for insane women in France. The treatment of mental health has come a long way since then. Photo: Getty Images
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