The 10 Craziest Mental Asylums in America

1. Athens Lunatic Asylum

Where: Athens, Ohio
Years Of Operation: 1874 to 1993

In the 19th century, women who exhibited sexual desire and strong emotions were diagnosed with the medical condition "hysteria." From 1968 to 1870, the formative years of the Athens Lunatic Asylum, 132 female patients were deemed insane due to similarly "issues," including "menstrual derangements." The asylum's treatment for these women included freezing, shocking, kicking, and in some cases, lobotomizing said patients to rid them of their sickness. One such patient, Margaret Schilling, is said to still haunt the asylum. In an attempt to escape, Schilling had hid in the attic, and ultimately died of starvation there. They say the stain her decomposing corpse left behind on the floor can't be scrubbed clean.

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