10 Shocking Psychiatric Treatments Doctors Have Actually Used

Snake Pits

During the Middle Ages, if an exorcism failed to cure the subject of his or her symptoms of demonic “possession,” a person might be held over a pit of poisonous snakes so that the “evil spirits” might be scared out of the body. The theory didn’t leave with the middle ages. Attempting to scare a patient to sanity was used even into the 20th century.


If the snake pit didn’t work for mental patients, there was a period of time when people would call the church in order to carry out a full-scale exorcism with priests and everything.