The Stigma of Care

‘Crazy Pills’ and Jesus Weren’t Enough to Cure the Stigma of Mental Health Issues in Appalachia, So These Women Took Action

In her 1988 research paper “The Social Context of ‘Nerves’ in Eastern Kentucky,” medical anthropologist Eileen VanSchaik wrote that in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, women reporting “nerves” or “sick headaches” would turn to “doctor books” for advice on their “feminine nervous systems.” There they were cautioned, for […]

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