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Sent to the asylum: The Victorian women locked up because they were suffering from stress, post natal depression and anxiety
Sarah Gardner, in an insane asylum. Diagnosis: Insanity caused by anxiety. Women could find themselves labelled insane and locked up in madhouses for a range of conditions – from postnatal depression to anxiety to alcoholism or senile dementia, and even for social transgressions such as infidelity (‘moral insanity’).