Psychotheraphy Through The Ages

A while back, Nora McAdams from Best Counseling Degrees contacted me about an info graphic that shows the different psychotherapy treatments throughout history. This is a really neat read, and I thought I’d post here as past “treatments” might just might inspire a few plots to take a dark twist, and new therapies might work well in dystopian or sci-fi works (take a look at the end at what the future might bring!) Bare minimum, it will make people glad that mental health has progressed from the scary land of lobotomies. Have a look:

The Evolution of Psychotherapy
Source: The Evolution of Psychotherapy

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18 Responses to Psychotheraphy Through The Ages

  1. Scary world then, of course, this type of thing is still scary, finding the right treatment and sticking with it. So many side effects with everything.

  2. sjp says:

    Urgh Lobotomy’s always make me shudder, and why is it always the women with the alleged psychosis?

  3. Very cool infographic! It reminds me of the book “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.” There were a lot of shocks and ice baths in that one!

  4. Yay I found you!!! I love this flowchart. Fabulous job, and fabulous new site ladies!

  5. Love it! I used mesmerism in my Victorian novella as part of the plot (though not for mental illness). How barbaric some ages could be.

  6. Loved this piece. It appears the phyciatrists were more nuts than the patients. We’ve certainly progressed since Oxenbridge and Moniz. Bleeding and Lobotomy’s? They were looney toons to think that would help. I’m so glad to be living during an era of more proficient knowledge and technology. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Rosi says:

    This is an amazing chart. My daughter is a psychologist. I will make sure she sees this. Fascinating and a little scary.

    • It is, isn’t it? I find this stuff interesting but it always makes me wonder what it would be like to have lived during these times. I feel terrible for people who had mental illness, or were diagnosed and treated when they had something else entirely, like a food allergy or something. Yikes.

  8. Mart Ramirez says:

    WOW now that’s interesting! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Lori Schafer says:

    Fascinating progression. Personally, I envision the Therapy App for Smartphones as the next big thing. Not as cuddly as a therapy dog, but better at soothing noises and images. And at least a phone can’t chop up your brain with an ice pick!

  10. Awesome flow chart. My daughter is really into psychology and studying the brain and will be taking a psych class this semester. I may have her check this out.

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