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Ordinary Madness Podcast

Author: Mathew Robson

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Welcome to Ordinary Madness, a podcast about the history of mental illness. Each episode delves into the lives of creatives, doctors, psychopaths, the mad, the sad, the good and the bad that populate our history books and riddle our mental landscape with their stories of ordinary madness.

Hosted by Mat Robson
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Lunacy And Liberty

Lunacy And Liberty

2019-05-0700:42:03

On April 2nd 1836, Catherine Hogarth married Charles Dickens. Their marriage would be marked by wonderful moments of utmost happiness and irredeemable sadness. Throughout that time, she would go through ten full term pregnancies and have at least two miscarriages. He addressed her affectionately in his letters as ‘my dearest life’ and ‘dearest darling Pig’. Written and Hosted by Mat Robson Produced by Leanne Knibb Original Theme by Patrick Davies Following Music Sourced from freemusicarchive.org and used under an Attribution License - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Nothing (Bonus Track) by Kai Engel Plague by Kai Engel Realness by Kai Engel Seeker by Kai Engel Sunset by Kai Engel Scenery by Kai Engel All I Have Left Are These Photographs by Kai Engel Low Horizonby Kai Engel For Sources and mental health support visit us at: www.ordinarymadness.co.uk Follow us on: instagram.com/ordinarymadnesspod twitter.com/Ordinarymadnes5 www.facebook.com/ordinarymadnesspod Support the show and become a patron at: www.patreon.com/ordinarymadnesspodcast
Lithium

Lithium

2019-04-2300:43:01

The two extremes of mood, melancholy and mania, were first described by Hippocrates, who associated melancholia with an over abundance of black bile and mania with yellow bile. In the second century AD Arataeus of Cappadocia observed that ‘melancholia is without any doubt the beginning and even part of the disorder called mania’. It wasn't until the 1970s when the first treatment became available: lithium. The genesis of its discovery belongs to a dermatologist, Dr Perry Baird, a man almost completely forgotten by history. From the beginning of his earliest experiments he spent the majority of his adult life in mental asylums. Written and Hosted by Mat Robson Produced by Leanne Knibb Original Theme by Patrick Davies Following Music Sourced from freemusicarchive.org and used under an Attribution License - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Realness by Kai Engel Delirium by Kai Engel Periculum by Kai Engel Cold War Echo by Kai Engel Wake Up by Kai Engel September by Kai Engel Scenery by Kai Engel All I Have Left Are These Photographs by Kai Engel Daedalus by Kai Engel For Sources and mental health support visit us at: www.ordinarymadness.co.uk Follow us on: instagram.com/ordinarymadnesspod twitter.com/Ordinarymadnes5 www.facebook.com/ordinarymadnesspod Support the show and become a patron at: www.patreon.com/ordinarymadnesspodcast
On 6th May 1946 Life Magazine published a devastating article on the state of mental institutions in the United States. Written by Albert Maisel, with photography by Jerry Cooke, Bedlam 1946 told of how many returning soldiers were being left to suffer in abject squalor in already overcrowded asylums. These understaffed hospitals often led to horrific brutality at the hands of the staff. Written and Hosted by Mat Robson Produced by Leanne Knibb Original Theme by Patrick Davies Following Music Sourced from freemusicarchive.org and used under an Attribution License - creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ September by Kai Engel Wake Up by Kai Engel Nothing Bonus Track by Kai Engel Remedy For Melancholy by Kai Engel Daedalus by Kai Engel Scenery by Kai Engel Delirium by Kai Engel For Sources and mental health support visit us at: www.ordinarymadness.co.uk Follow us on: instagram.com/ordinarymadnesspod twitter.com/Ordinarymadnes5 www.facebook.com/ordinarymadnesspod Support the show and become a patron at: www.patreon.com/ordinarymadnesspodcast
83 Beals Street in Boston is located in the affluent suburb of Brookline. It is a three story home with a balcony that overlooks the rest of the street. On Friday September 13th 1918, 28 year old mother of two Rose Kennedy was having contraction. Twenty years later, a meeting with Dr Freeman would change history... Written and Hosted by Mat Robson Produced by Leanne Knibb Original Theme by Patrick Davies Following Music Sourced from http://freemusicarchive.org used under an Attribution License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ September by Kai Engel Daemones by Kai Engel Meekness by Kai Engel Remedy For Melancholy by Kai Engel Periculum by Kai Engel Cold War Echo by Kai Engel For Sources and mental health support visit us at: http://www.ordinarymadness.co.uk Follow us on: https://instagram.com/ordinarymadnesspod https://twitter.com/Ordinarymadnes5 https://www.facebook.com/ordinarymadnesspod Support the show and become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/ordinarymadnesspodcast
The Devil Can Have You

The Devil Can Have You

2019-03-1200:30:38

Explanations of mental health problems in terms of possession have taken many forms over the course of history, and it is a form of explanation that has meant that many who have been suffering debilitating and distressing psychological problems have been persecuted and physically abused. Written and Presented by Mat Robson Produced by Leanne Knibb Theme music by Patrick Davies For Sources and mental health support visit us at: http://www.ordinarymadness.co.uk Follow us on: https://instagram.com/ordinarymadnesspod https://twitter.com/Ordinarymadnes5 https://www.facebook.com/ordinarymadnesspod Support the show and become a patron at: https://www.patreon.com/ordinarymadnesspodcast
Going Off The Deep End

Going Off The Deep End

2019-03-0200:37:47

On 22nd May 1826 Pringle Stokes set sail from Plymouth on a mission to chart the southern coast of South America. This expedition would mark his first official command of a ship and although ‘not practised in professional science’ he was nonetheless considered a highly respected seaman. The journey would be a difficult one for all involved... Written and Presented by Mat Robson Produced by Leanne Knibb Theme music by Patrick Davies For Sources and mental health support visit as at: www.ordinarymadness.co.uk Follow us on: instagram.com/ordinarymadnesspod twitter.com/Ordinarymadnes5 www.facebook.com/ordinarymadnesspod Support the show and become a patron at: www.patreon.com/ordinarymadnesspodcast
Dr Rapp Takes The Stage

Dr Rapp Takes The Stage

2019-02-2500:07:11

Sherman Hershfield was the medical director of the San Bernardino Community Hospital where he helped patients with debilitating brain injuries rebuild their lives. He had trained as a neurologist and was known as a diligent worker, it was not unknown for his workday to last from 6am to 3am even well into his 50s. During this time in the late 1980s he began to experience occasional blackouts. Hershfield, dismayed, put it down to overwork but couldn’t understand it. He was neither a smoker nor a drinker, exercised regularly and adhered to a strict vegetarian diet, so the source of the blackouts was a mystery. Written and Presented by Mat Robson Produced by Leanne Knibb Theme music by Patrick Davies www.ordinarymadness.co.uk instagram.com/ordinarymadnesspod twitter.com/Ordinarymadnes5 www.facebook.com/ordinarymadnesspod www.patreon.com/ordinarymadnesspodcast
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