The idea of women and insanity deals with the question of who determines if a women is insane? The women herself or her husband? I was reading a book about how in the 18th and 19th century when a husband can place his wife in an asylum. As male staff and doctors are examining her, she is further identified as insane. Some of these women just wanted to be independent, or refused to have sex with the doctor.
This goes back to history and the Salem witch trials. If women had an independent opinion she wished to voice, she was accused of being a witch as an easy way of getting rid of her. This was also used when a widow held a business or land that a rivalry family wanted; all they needed was to accuse her of sorcery.
It is known that unipolar depression is twice as common in women as in men. However is the fact that female gender is a significant predictor of being prescribed mood altering psychotropic drugs used too often to diagnose women and under-diagnose men? Gender biases have a greater influence on who seeks mental health and who is likely to be diagnosed as with certain disorders.
Have we advanced from this time period or are women still facing these problems when they are diagnosed with insanity?
In addition to the video I plan to edit, I am going to create an illustration of the short story The Yellow Wallpaper "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman which will be available online. Information about the interaction of Dr. WEIR MITCHELL AND CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN gives background about the majority of the cases i which a woman was diagnosed as insane by a male doctor. I have mapped out information about hysteria and movie trailers dealing with women who enact different types of “insanity”.