What is another word for madhouses?

2 synonyms found


[ mˈadha͡ʊzɪz], [ mˈadha‍ʊzɪz], [ m_ˈa_d_h_aʊ_z_ɪ_z]

Madhouses, also known as asylums, psychiatric hospitals, mental institutions, or sanatoriums, have long been associated with the treatment of mental illness. In earlier times, they were often referred to as lunatic asylums or insane asylums. Other synonyms include mental hospitals, psych wards, and the loony bin. These terms are slowly being phased out, however, as they have negative connotations and can be perceived as derogatory. Today, the preferred terminology for these facilities are psychiatric hospitals or behavioral health centers. Whatever term is used, the purpose of these institutions remains the same - to provide care and support for individuals with mental health issues.

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Usage examples for Madhouses

"Yet," replied the voice, "all this does not hinder the change of character according as the stomach does its work ill or well; slander, anger, envy are accumulated bile, or faulty digestion; good temper, joy, come from a free circulation of blood, the expansion of the body at will; mystics are anemo-nervous people; your ecstatics are hysterical patients badly-fed, madhouses are full of them; they depend on science when visions begin."
"En Route"
J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Of private madhouses under the management of regular physicians, he ventured to say that "people might securely trust that in them the afflicted would be judiciously and tenderly treated, and also managed by servants selected and instructed with such judgment as will make them as zealous of their own character and reputation, as of the honour of their employers.
"Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles"
Daniel Hack Tuke
Yet how many would be as harmless and beloved as he if they were not confined, and caged, and chained, in civilized and Christian madhouses!
"Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846"
James Richardson

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