In the United States, people who had mental disorders were forced to stay in state hospitals and asylums where they were treated without much kindness and respect. The view of the time period was on eugenics and looking to produce the best possible race. In order to prevent society from having any more mentally ill citizens, compulsory sterilization became the law in many states. Mentally ill patients were sterilized without their consent, and sometimes without their knowledge, while they were contained in hospitals so as to prevent them from interacting or mating with “normal” people (Whitaker, 2009). This highway marker still stands in Raleigh, N.C., reminding people about a terrible time in U.S. history.
Whitaker, R. (2009). Deinstitutionalization and neuroleptics. In Y. O. Alanen, G. dC. Manuel, A. S. Silver, & B. Martindale (Eds.) Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Schizophrenia Psychoses: Past, Present, and Future, (pp. 346-356). New York, NY, US: Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group.
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