Mental Health

Masturbation at one time was seen as a possible cause of insanity, doctors also believed that masturbation could be a symptom of insanity.  They thought that once human reason had left the mind, that animal passions would be uncontrollable and many humans indulged in masturbation as a result.  A myriad of reasons or symptoms were behind patients being admitted to insane asylums back in the 1800s.  I am probably going to lose a lot of readers for this, but my eyes focused on Venereal Excess, so I picked this topic to discuss.   The people living in the Victorian period were very different from what we are today, so let’s see what I can find out.  A list of reasons of why people were institutionalized was compiled from the log book of the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane, and most of these reasons seem like a joke.

I have heard of syphilis driving people insane and I think that is what happened to Al Capone.  It must have been horrible having to live in an asylum back then and being locked up because the experts didn’t know the proper medical treatment for these people.  A lot of women were locked up after being diagnosed with Hysteria, which might just mean they experienced great excitement, but any behavior in the Victorian age that seemed abnormal was considered a medical disorder.  It was easy to say that something that you didn’t fully understand was a mental health issue.

It is a dirty job, but somebody had to do it.  Masturbation and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), which may stem from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are two topics that people are often reluctant to discuss.  Sexually transmitted infections and diseases (STIs and STDs) are transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sexual contact.  Charles-Paul Diday specialized in research of venereal disease, particularly congenital syphilis.  In order to prevent the spread of venereal disease in France, Diday advocated mandatory distribution of condoms in houses of prostitution.  In 1883, he wrote A Treatise on Syphilis in New-Born Children and Infants at the Breast, which was considered a landmark work on congenital syphilis.  This etiology, pathology and treatment of the diseases resulting from venereal excesses, masturbation and continence was the first of its kind.  It’s not possible to get a sexually transmitted infection from masturbating with objects.  However, infections can be spread if the objects are shared and someone has an infection.  If you don’t have an STD, you can’t get one from masturbating. The only exception to that is if you’re using an infected sex toy to masturbate with, as condoms can be used on toys that go into the vagina or anus.

Sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia (which is the most commonly reported bacterial STI in the United States), gonorrhoea (which used to be known as the clap), herpes simplex virus (usually transmitted by kissing or oral sex) and syphilis (sores typically on your genitals, rectum or mouth) commonly come with rectal symptoms like anal pain, and bleeding.  If you engage in any type of unprotected anal sex which includes rimming (oral-anal sex) as well as anal fingering STI transmission is possible.  Ok, I think that I dug deep enough into this topic and since by now, everyone of my readers has disappeared, and I will probably never get another reader on any of my posts, I am done with my investigation.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt which is hosted by Sara from relaxitsallwrite which today is Victorian Age Reasons for Admissions into a mental institution.

15 thoughts on “Mental Health

  1. I read a novel recently (well I didn’t finish the thing, it began to really aggravate me) that dealt with a related topic, and was apparently set in the USA in the late 1920s or early 1930s. Back in those days (apparently) an unwed girl (woman) could and was committed to an insane asylum because she got knocked up. The novel was based on a factual account of a woman who remained institutionalized for the next forty years and died (I believe) at a rather young age having never seen her family again. Her father was a very autocratic puritan minded idiot (my thoughts about him) and banished his daughter (17 years old) when it was discovered she was pregnant. As the story unfolded, it was mentioned that the father of the baby was this girl’s cousin; which was kept secret from everybody, because screwing your cousin (then and now) is thought of as incestuous. First cousins? Really incestuous.

    My point is (before this comment gets far too long) is that there are assholes in every generation, and sex is a taboo subject, and body shaming are ways that some control their children. Mental illness is another topic that too few talk about (even today) and too many are misinformed about.

    I’ve always thought (privately) that what one does with oneself (in a self-pleasuring type of way) is nobody’s business but the person themselves and God. Many of us who were raised with strict religious ‘rules’ around masturbation have to come to our own conclusions about doing it (everyone does, no matter what the churches say), and our guilt/shame around doing it; and ultimately our acceptance or discarding of the activity.

    I’ve always thought that nobody got pregnant nor got an STI/STD from jerking off. So there’s that going for it. And one always comes away from such an exercise satisfied. It’s rare that when one has a partner, they always ALWAYS get off.

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