Reasons my great-grandmother could have been institutionalized
I have recently gotten my hands on my great-grandmother’s lunacy record. She was admitted to an insane asylum - Massillon State Hospital, Ohio (pictured) - in 1933. The record gives a medical explanation* for why she was admitted. However, this 'explanation' is a bit ambiguous, and I’m hoping to understand if the stated cause of her 'insanity’ on the report makes any sense with our modern understanding of mental illness. Of course, I’m using the term insanity lightly here; this was the 1930’s. Who can I contact to help me interpret this, or can any of the members on here offer insight? As far as I know, no further records exist for her stay at the insane asylum, besides the initial court admission that I have. Thanks so much!
*Her diagnosis and cause of ‘insanity’ was: “chronic digestive disturbance which required several operations; surgical menopause; morphine addiction.” She was 48 at the time. She was described as occasionally violent and unable to hold meaningful conversations. “Patient remained in bed, rolled head and eyes, mumbled a few words occasionally. History of loss of weight, poor appetite and general weakness.”