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We can’t look away from these photos of an abandoned New York psychiatric hospital

In WWII, the Rockland State Hospital for the Insane (now known as the Rockland Psychiatric Centre) had a population of 9,000. The hospital opened in 1931 and housed so many inpatients because medicine had not been created yet for those with mental health problems. In fact, electroshock therapy and lobotomy were the only treatment methods for patients with severe cases of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.

Tales from the hospital are incredibly frightening, such as patients escaping and murders in the area being blamed on the ‘mentally disturbed’.

When medication became available for mental health back in the 1960s, the hospital transitioned into what is now the Rockland Psychiatric Centre (complete with a bowling alley), and it has since become an outpatient clinic with just 600 patients.

Will Ellis of Abandoned NYC ventured into the abandoned areas of the forgotten hospital and took these amazing photographs. His entire collection of photos and commentary can be seen here.

Via The Plaid Zebra

Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre
Abandoned NYC Rockland Psychiatric Centre

About the author

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. She’ll remind you she’s a vegan every chance she gets. Her IG is filled with doggo pics: @patty_pottymouth

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