Man Demanding Wife Return to Work Against Professional Advice Sparks Debate

Disorder Contained

‘Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, this book is a fascinating contribution to historiography on British penal history. It offers a mental health lens through which to examine the penal process and is a chilling reminder that disciplinary systems that make prisoners amenable and malleable can also have serious detrimental impacts.’

Alyson Brown – Edge Hill University

‘Cox and Marland bring rich expertise to this investigation of the histories of mental breakdown inside the prison system of England and Ireland. Disorder Contained points to deep tensions inherent in the treatment of mental illness inside carceral institutions still relevant in our present.’

Catharine Coleborne – University of Newcastle (Australia)

‘Disorder Contained explodes the assumption that only recently have prisons come to house large numbers of people with mental illness. In this important, powerful book, Cox and Marland demonstrate that mental illness and the prison system have a long, troubled history together rooted in the nineteenth century. This is a study not just of value to historians but also for anyone interested in prison reform today.’

Nancy Tomes – Stony Brook University

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Mental Breakdown and the Modern Prison in England and Ireland, 1840 – 1900

Disorder Contained is the first historical account of the complex relationship between prison discipline and mental breakdown in England and Ireland. Between 1840 and 1900 the expansion of the modern prison system coincided with increased rates of mental disorder among prisoners, exacerbated by the introduction of regimes of isolation, deprivation and hard labour. Drawing on a range of archival and printed sources, the authors explore the links between different prison regimes and mental distress, examining the challenges faced by prison medical officers dealing with mental disorder within a system that stressed discipline and punishment and prisoners’ own experiences of mental illness. The book investigates medical officers’ approaches to the identification, definition, management and categorisation of mental disorder in prisons, and varied, often gendered, responses to mental breakdown among inmates. The authors also reflect on the persistence of systems of punishment that often aggravate rather than alleviate mental illness in the criminal justice system up to the current day. This title is also available as Open Access.

‘Drawing on a wide range of primary sources, this book is a fascinating contribution to historiography on British penal history. It offers a mental health lens through which to examine the penal process and is a chilling reminder that disciplinary systems that make prisoners amenable and malleable can also have serious detrimental impacts.’ Alyson Brown, Edge Hill University

A man has taken to Reddit for advice after a row developed between him and his wife as she has not worked since suffering from a mental breakdown in 2018.

Redditor u/Many_Bunch_6678 explained that he is now the sole provider and that he often picks up 18-hour shifts to keep up with living expenses.

The post titled: “AITA (Am I The A******) for telling my wife it is time she went back to work?” It has racked up over 18,000 upvotes since it was shared on August 14 and many Redditors are urging the man to reevaluate his life.A stock image of a young couple arguing. A husband has turned to the internet for support after an argument about work with his wife. fizkes/iStock/Getty Images Plus

The husband explained that his wife goes to therapy regularly and during the pandemic the couple went to marriage counseling.

He said that his wife thought he was pushing her too hard to go back to work before [she] and her therapist thought she was ready. He continued that he had tried to explain on many occasions that was not what he intended, but that in real terms, she needed to work so they could keep up with living expenses and retirement contributions

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