To Be Manic Depressive in a Rural Town — Kingston Insane Asylum

This is how it all started!



Photo of the Chatterton House Hotel /Queen’s Hotel Desk book 1887 from the  Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


Warning- this essay is disturbing in nature.

This piece has taken me hours to write as I had to step away from it many times. My Mother was put in an “asylum” after I was born in 1951 for years with what we would now diagnose as postpartum depression. The Royal Victoria Hospital did not know what to do with her after she lost all her memory immediately after giving birth to me. I am not going to go into details, but she was given shock treatment etc. trying to bring her back to the present life. It took over 4 years–she was one of the lucky ones.

Yesterday, I saw a notation in the Chatterton House Hotel registrar that made my stomach do a flip. It was signed January…

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