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29th May '18 12:47:49 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* ''Film/{{Unsane}}'' features a more modern example of this trope, with the protagonist getting institutionalized at a crooked hospital that makes up excuses to keep patients there in order to make money off of their health insurance.
29th May '18 12:41:39 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The Beatrice State Developmental Center, in Beatrice NE, was ''supposed'' to be a caring facility for the state's mentally disabled. They carried out forced sterilizations as recently as 1966, didn't bother with anesthesia if the patients needed dental treatment because "these people don't feel pain", allowed male staffers to have intimate contact with female patients, and ignored injuries to the patients. In one year during the late 2000s, there were over 100 proven cases of abuse and neglect. They were averaging one medication error ''per day'', and federal experts said they were giving the highest doses of psychotropic drugs they'd ever seen (double the recommended level in some cases) and overusing restraints. The center lost its Medicaid certification in 2009, which finally got some reforms in place.

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* The Beatrice State Developmental Center, Center in Beatrice NE, Beatrice, Nebraska was ''supposed'' to be a caring facility for the state's mentally disabled. They carried out forced sterilizations as recently as 1966, didn't bother with anesthesia if the patients needed dental treatment because "these people don't feel pain", allowed male staffers to have intimate contact with female patients, and ignored injuries to the patients. In one year during the late 2000s, there were over 100 proven cases of abuse and neglect. They were averaging one medication error ''per day'', and federal experts said they were giving the highest doses of psychotropic drugs they'd ever seen (double the recommended level in some cases) and overusing restraints. The center lost its Medicaid certification in 2009, which finally got some reforms in place.



* Sadly, the existence of places like this tends to overshadow the existence of mental hospitals that are actually effective and compassionate towards its patients. This is one of the reasons that mental hospitals are so stigmatized: because of outdated stereotypes that are less common than the ''good'' mental hospitals which are typically ignored by the media.

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* Sadly, the existence of places like this tends to overshadow the existence of mental hospitals that are actually effective and compassionate towards its patients. This is one of the reasons that mental hospitals are so stigmatized: because of outdated stereotypes that are less common than the ''good'' mental hospitals which are typically ignored by the media. The legacy of this trope, in fact, is a major reason why the US has such a mental health crisis: when many such hospitals were shut down in TheEighties, newer, more humane ones weren't established to replace them, causing many mentally ill patients to be dumped out in the street and often winding up homeless or in prison. It's been [[https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/americas-largest-mental-hospital-is-a-jail/395012/ said]] that the ''de facto'' largest mental health facility in the US is the Cook County Jail in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, where a third of the inmates suffer from psychiatric conditions and new staff members are trained to deal with them accordingly.
7th May '18 4:02:36 PM themisterfree
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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "Insane in the Mainframe", Fry is accidentally sent to an insane asylum for ''robots''. Although the treatments seem appropriate for curing insane robots, they drive the all-too-human Fry to madness, leading him to think he's a robot... and thus is considered "cured".

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* In the ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' episode "Insane in the Mainframe", Fry is accidentally sent to an insane asylum for ''robots''.''robots'' (mainly because the judge presiding over the trial forgot he filled up the human asylums [[KillThePoor when he declared poverty a mental illness]]). Although the treatments seem appropriate for curing insane robots, they drive the all-too-human Fry to madness, leading him to think he's a robot... and thus is considered "cured".
28th Apr '18 11:16:51 PM nombretomado
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** It is shaping up to be this in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse. In the [[SpecialEdition Ultimate Edition]] of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[spoiler: in the extended version of the scene where Bruce confronts Luthor, Luthor has a smug look on his face when he taunts Bruce with knowledge of his secret identity, and that he was declared insane and thus wouldn't stand trial for blowing up the Capitol Building and creating Doomsday (thus supposedly killing Superman)--which promptly vanishes the second Bruce reveals that he's arranged for Luthor to be transferred to Arkham.]] It appears briefly in ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' as part of a montage dealing with Harley Quinn's past and true to form, it is a gothic mansion with darkened halls.

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** It is shaping up to be this in the Film/DCExtendedUniverse.Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse. In the [[SpecialEdition Ultimate Edition]] of ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', [[spoiler: in the extended version of the scene where Bruce confronts Luthor, Luthor has a smug look on his face when he taunts Bruce with knowledge of his secret identity, and that he was declared insane and thus wouldn't stand trial for blowing up the Capitol Building and creating Doomsday (thus supposedly killing Superman)--which promptly vanishes the second Bruce reveals that he's arranged for Luthor to be transferred to Arkham.]] It appears briefly in ''Film/SuicideSquad2016'' as part of a montage dealing with Harley Quinn's past and true to form, it is a gothic mansion with darkened halls.
3rd Apr '18 1:02:19 PM ZimFan89
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-> '''1950's Doctor''': May I help you?
-> '''Peter''': Yes, 1950's doctor. Me and my friends are looking for-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': You're friends with a ''negro'' and a ''cripple''?! This man is insane! ''Take him away!''
-> *Peter is laced into a straightjacket and sent to the nuthouse*
-> '''Cleaveland''': Now wait a second, you can't do that to hi-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': A '''negro'' speaking up to a white person?! This man is insane!
-> *Cleaveland is laced and locked in*
-> '''Joe''': Now look, I don't think-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': ''All cripples are insane!'' Euthanize this man!
-> *Joe doesn't get a straightjacket, they just run in and grab the wheelchair handles*
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Something I can help ''you'' with?
-> '''Quagmire''': Yeah, you got any brain-dead women in there you let people have sex with for a few bucks?
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Sure, come on back.

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-> --> '''1950's Doctor''': May I help you?
-> --> '''Peter''': Yes, 1950's doctor. Me and my friends are looking for-
-> --> '''1950's Doctor''': You're friends with a ''negro'' and a ''cripple''?! This man is insane! ''Take him away!''
-> --> *Peter is laced into a straightjacket and sent to the nuthouse*
-> '''Cleaveland''': --> '''Cleveland''': Now wait a second, you can't do that to hi-
-> --> '''1950's Doctor''': A '''negro'' ''negro'' speaking up to a white person?! This man is insane!
-> --> *Cleaveland is laced and locked in*
-> --> '''Joe''': Now look, I don't think-
-> --> '''1950's Doctor''': ''All cripples are insane!'' Euthanize this man!
-> --> *Joe doesn't get a straightjacket, they just run in and grab the wheelchair handles*
-> --> '''1950's Doctor''': Something I can help ''you'' with?
-> --> '''Quagmire''': Yeah, you got any brain-dead women in there you let people have sex with for a few bucks?
-> --> '''1950's Doctor''': Sure, come on back.
24th Mar '18 11:42:36 PM kome360
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Parodied when Peter and his friends look for a recycled mattress in a 1950's bedlam house. The doctor goes out of his way to be as fascist as possible by declaring three of them insane with InsaneTrollLogic and gladly accepting a bribe to let the pervert rape some of the female inmates.
-> '''1950's Doctor''': May I help you?
-> '''Peter''': Yes, 1950's doctor. Me and my friends are looking for-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': You're friends with a ''negro'' and a ''cripple''?! This man is insane! ''Take him away!''
-> *Peter is laced into a straightjacket and sent to the nuthouse*
-> '''Cleaveland''': Now wait a second, you can't do that to hi-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': A '''negro'' speaking up to a white person?! This man is insane!
-> *Cleaveland is laced and locked in*
-> '''Joe''': Now look, I don't think-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': ''All cripples are insane!'' Euthanize this man!
-> *Joe doesn't get a straightjacket, they just run in and grab the wheelchair handles*
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Something I can help ''you'' with?
-> '''Quagmire''': Yeah, you got any brain-dead women in there you let people have sex with for a few bucks?
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Sure, come on back.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Parodied when Peter and his friends look for a recycled mattress in a 1950's bedlam house. The doctor goes out of his way to be as fascist as possible by declaring three of them insane with InsaneTrollLogic and gladly accepting a bribe to let the pervert rape some of the female inmates.
-> '''1950's Doctor''': May I help you?
-> '''Peter''': Yes, 1950's doctor. Me and my friends are looking for-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': You're friends with a ''negro'' and a ''cripple''?! This man is insane! ''Take him away!''
-> *Peter is laced into a straightjacket and sent to the nuthouse*
-> '''Cleaveland''': Now wait a second, you can't do that to hi-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': A '''negro'' speaking up to a white person?! This man is insane!
-> *Cleaveland is laced and locked in*
-> '''Joe''': Now look, I don't think-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': ''All cripples are insane!'' Euthanize this man!
-> *Joe doesn't get a straightjacket, they just run in and grab the wheelchair handles*
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Something I can help ''you'' with?
-> '''Quagmire''': Yeah, you got any brain-dead women in there you let people have sex with for a few bucks?
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Sure, come on back.


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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Parodied when Peter and his friends look for a recycled mattress in a 1950's bedlam house. The doctor goes out of his way to be as fascist as possible by declaring three of them insane with InsaneTrollLogic and gladly accepting a bribe to let the pervert rape some of the female inmates.
-> '''1950's Doctor''': May I help you?
-> '''Peter''': Yes, 1950's doctor. Me and my friends are looking for-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': You're friends with a ''negro'' and a ''cripple''?! This man is insane! ''Take him away!''
-> *Peter is laced into a straightjacket and sent to the nuthouse*
-> '''Cleaveland''': Now wait a second, you can't do that to hi-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': A '''negro'' speaking up to a white person?! This man is insane!
-> *Cleaveland is laced and locked in*
-> '''Joe''': Now look, I don't think-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': ''All cripples are insane!'' Euthanize this man!
-> *Joe doesn't get a straightjacket, they just run in and grab the wheelchair handles*
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Something I can help ''you'' with?
-> '''Quagmire''': Yeah, you got any brain-dead women in there you let people have sex with for a few bucks?
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Sure, come on back.
24th Mar '18 11:42:00 PM kome360
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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Parodied when Peter and his friends look for a recycled mattress in a 1950's bedlam house. The doctor goes out of his way to be as fascist as possible by declaring three of them insane with InsaneTrollLogic and gladly accepting a bribe to let the pervert rape some of the female inmates.
-> '''1950's Doctor''': May I help you?
-> '''Peter''': Yes, 1950's doctor. Me and my friends are looking for-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': You're friends with a ''negro'' and a ''cripple''?! This man is insane! ''Take him away!''
-> *Peter is laced into a straightjacket and sent to the nuthouse*
-> '''Cleaveland''': Now wait a second, you can't do that to hi-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': A '''negro'' speaking up to a white person?! This man is insane!
-> *Cleaveland is laced and locked in*
-> '''Joe''': Now look, I don't think-
-> '''1950's Doctor''': ''All cripples are insane!'' Euthanize this man!
-> *Joe doesn't get a straightjacket, they just run in and grab the wheelchair handles*
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Something I can help ''you'' with?
-> '''Quagmire''': Yeah, you got any brain-dead women in there you let people have sex with for a few bucks?
-> '''1950's Doctor''': Sure, come on back.
19th Mar '18 7:09:31 PM Zaptech
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* The Sanitarium in ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' certainly ''looks'' like one of these, and evokes an appropriate reaction from any hero sent there, but it's an InvertedTrope: it turns out that the Sanitarium an extremely effective and efficient method of curing various mental afflictions and negative quirks (or reinforcing positive ones) and wiping out diseases in your heroes, provided you're willing to shell out the coin needed to pay for their powerful experimental techniques. With the ''Crimson Court'' DLC installed, they can eventually even ''cure vampirism!''
6th Mar '18 9:41:09 PM Wabutan
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** "Mental Institution Running Humanely and Effectively" makes for bad news-copy and worse fictional drama.
17th Feb '18 5:33:33 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/{{Session 9}}'' is set in the real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danvers_State_Hospital Danvers State Hospital]] ten years after is was closed and abandoned. It's hinted to be haunted by a demon.

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* ''Film/{{Session 9}}'' ''Film/StairwayToLight'' features an 18th-century insane asylum that is set in actually a prison, with mental patients chained to the real [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danvers_State_Hospital Danvers State Hospital]] ten years after is was closed and abandoned. It's hinted walls of cells, sprayed with water hoses for discipline, left to be haunted rot for decades. Reformist director Phillipe Pinel seeks to help the inmates by a demon.letting them out of their chains.
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