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29th Apr '16 5:53:05 PM eroock
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-->--'''Creator/LewisCarroll''', ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]''

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-->--'''Creator/LewisCarroll''', -->-- '''Creator/LewisCarroll''', ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]''
1st Jan '16 6:17:55 PM nombretomado
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* On ''{{Smallville}}'', in the appropriately titled episode ''Asylum'', Lionel Luthor came up with a plan to have his own troublesome son, Lex Luthor, committed to a mental hospital and Lex's memory of the past few weeks erased via electroshock therapy, so that Lex would stop investigating his father's shady dealings. To that end, Lionel had Lex's drinking water laced with psychotropic drugs to make him appear insane. It didn't help that Clark Kent, while investigating his friend Lex's sudden strange behaviour, was forced to reveal his Superman powers ''right in front of Lex'' to save Lex's life. Of course there were no other witnesses, and when the Men in White arrived with the straitjacket and Lex kept insisting that he had seen Clark ''stop a car with his own hands'', Clark had already fled, for fear that his secret cover would be blown and his powers made public, leaving Lex and the wrecked car. Clark later did his best to free Lex from the mental hospital, but not before Lex had been drugged with tranquilizers, had made an unsuccessful attempt to flee, was restrained, was ''nearly'' freed by Clark only to see Clark beaten up by several superpowered inmates with a fistful of Kryptonite, and was finally dragged off to undergo electroshock therapy. After which he was released, all his memories of what he had witnessed gone forever. Which kind of bit Lionel in the butt. He had, by this point, already spent some time investigating Clark to try and figure out the [[SecretIdentity mystery]] surrounding him. He then sees a security recording of Clark visiting Lex in the asylum, where Lex admits to knowing Clark's secret - but he only sees this ''after'' he's had Lex given the electroshock.

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* On ''{{Smallville}}'', ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', in the appropriately titled episode ''Asylum'', "Asylum", Lionel Luthor came up with a plan to have his own troublesome son, Lex Luthor, committed to a mental hospital and Lex's memory of the past few weeks erased via electroshock therapy, so that Lex would stop investigating his father's shady dealings. To that end, Lionel had Lex's drinking water laced with psychotropic drugs to make him appear insane. It didn't help that Clark Kent, while investigating his friend Lex's sudden strange behaviour, was forced to reveal his Superman powers ''right in front of Lex'' to save Lex's life. Of course there were no other witnesses, and when the Men in White arrived with the straitjacket and Lex kept insisting that he had seen Clark ''stop a car with his own hands'', Clark had already fled, for fear that his secret cover would be blown and his powers made public, leaving Lex and the wrecked car. Clark later did his best to free Lex from the mental hospital, but not before Lex had been drugged with tranquilizers, had made an unsuccessful attempt to flee, was restrained, was ''nearly'' freed by Clark only to see Clark beaten up by several superpowered inmates with a fistful of Kryptonite, and was finally dragged off to undergo electroshock therapy. After which he was released, all his memories of what he had witnessed gone forever. Which kind of bit Lionel in the butt. He had, by this point, already spent some time investigating Clark to try and figure out the [[SecretIdentity mystery]] surrounding him. He then sees a security recording of Clark visiting Lex in the asylum, where Lex admits to knowing Clark's secret - but he only sees this ''after'' he's had Lex given the electroshock.
28th Dec '15 12:32:09 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* [[IntrepidReporter Lana Winters]]' story on ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' has her infiltrating the titular BedlamHouse to research the Bloody Face killer. She gets caught, and Sister Jude has her locked up in order to silence her from revealing the inhumane conditions inside, using [[LipstickLesbian her homosexuality]] ([[DeliberateValuesDissonance the show is set in]] TheSixties) as a figleaf to justify it and blackmailing her lesbian lover (who worked as a schoolteacher and risked losing her career if she'd been outed) into signing off on it.

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* [[IntrepidReporter Lana Winters]]' story on ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' has her infiltrating the titular BedlamHouse to research the Bloody Face killer. She gets caught, and Sister Jude has her locked up in order to silence her from revealing the inhumane conditions inside, using [[LipstickLesbian her homosexuality]] ([[DeliberateValuesDissonance the show is set in]] TheSixties) as a figleaf to justify it and blackmailing her lesbian lover 'roommate' (who worked as a schoolteacher and risked losing her career if she'd been outed) into signing off on it.
28th Dec '15 12:30:24 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* [[IntrepidReporter Lana Winters]]' story on ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' has her infiltrating the titular BedlamHouse to research the Bloody Face killer. She gets caught, and Sister Jude has her locked up in order to silence her from revealing the inhumane conditions inside, using [[LipstickLesbian her homosexuality]] ([[DeliberateValuesDissonance the show is set in]] TheSixties) as a figleaf to justify it and blackmailing her lesbian lover (who worked as a schoolteacher and risked losing her career if she'd been outed) into signing off on it.
11th Dec '15 6:48:08 PM SomeRandomBastard
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->''"In that direction," the Cat said, waving its right paw round, "lives a Hatter: and in that direction," waving the other paw, “lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad."''
->''"[[TropeNamer But I don’t want to go among mad people,]]" Alice remarked.''
->''"Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."''
4th Dec '15 5:00:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Susanna Kaysen's auto-biographical book ''GirlInterrupted'' is an interesting exploration of this trope. It's debatable how mad we'd consider her today, but she was certainly adversely affected by her experience in the asylum, as were other inmates. On the other hand, it helped her get over her borderline disorder.

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* Susanna Kaysen's auto-biographical book ''GirlInterrupted'' ''Literature/GirlInterrupted'' is an interesting exploration of this trope. It's debatable how mad we'd consider her today, but she was certainly adversely affected by her experience in the asylum, as were other inmates. On the other hand, it helped her get over her borderline disorder.
8th Oct '15 3:56:48 PM nombretomado
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* Todd Casil, from the ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' Spinoff ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}!'' was sent to an insane asylum by the end of his series, despite being one of the few sane characters ever presented in the comic. It is implied he quickly escaped somehow, however.

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* Todd Casil, from the ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' Spinoff ''ComicBook/{{Squee}}!'' was sent to an insane asylum by the end of his series, despite being one of the few sane characters ever presented in the comic. It is implied he quickly escaped somehow, however.
13th Jun '15 9:51:44 PM Omeganian
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** A later episode had a Phantom Zone prisoner trying to take over Clark's body by simulating a reality where the events of the pilot episode were actually him going mad and being admitted to a madhouse for believing he was an invincible alien.
5th May '15 11:43:47 AM isoycrazy
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* Reporter Nellie Bly was known for, among many other things, spending time in hospitals including mental hospitals, to investigate the conditions there. [[http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/bly/madhouse/madhouse.html The full report is here]]

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* Reporter Nellie Bly was is known for, among many other things, spending time in hospitals including mental hospitals, to investigate the conditions there.there. She notes the conditions in some are so horrific there nothing, save torture, would be more guaranteed to truly drive a person insane. [[http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/bly/madhouse/madhouse.html The full report is here]]
11th Mar '15 10:54:15 PM jormis29
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* Something of a TruthInTelevision: a well known psychology experiment is to send people to present themselves to psychiatric hospitals with minor complaints, drop the complaints after they've been committed and see how long it takes to get out. In 1973, the average was 19 days, and most were diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Snopes has more at http://www.snopes.com/medical/asylum/crazybus.asp. Of course, there's no way of knowing how many people get put away and are ''never'' revealed to be sane, and it's a ''very common'' legend... The participants in one of these experiments reported that they were only released after admitting they were crazy. Insisting they were sane made the staff insist on keeping them there.

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* Something of a TruthInTelevision: a well known psychology experiment is to send people to present themselves to psychiatric hospitals with minor complaints, drop the complaints after they've been committed and see how long it takes to get out. In 1973, the average was 19 days, and most were diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Snopes ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' has more at http://www.snopes.com/medical/asylum/crazybus.asp. Of course, there's no way of knowing how many people get put away and are ''never'' revealed to be sane, and it's a ''very common'' legend... The participants in one of these experiments reported that they were only released after admitting they were crazy. Insisting they were sane made the staff insist on keeping them there.
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