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Kimberly Jensen


The American Mental Health System in the United States was largely impacted in the early 20th century with the beginning of the Progressive Era, new approaches to rehabilitating and curing patients who were mentally ill, the rise of Psychiatry and the rise of the use of Mental Health Asylums, and the use of new treatments such as talking patients through their illnesses and using therapy methods to treat patients. Based on an internship at the Oregon State Archives, this presentation will examine the American Mental Health System in the Progressive Era through the Depression era. I have consulted patient files that look at life inside the Oregon State Hospital, how processes in the state archives work, and how specific cases from the files I looked at show the realities of asylum life during the Progressive Era.

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