I'm surprised you're getting in touch with me already, Amy. It's only been a couple of days.
You're concerned about Charlotte, the new maid, because she's depressed about her fiancé breaking up with her?
Of course she's feeling depressed. It hasn't been that long since the breakup. Hopefully with understanding and support from you and the family you live with in the 19th century, she will gradually feel like herself again.
Yes, you did tell me about her losing two fingers in England when she worked in a factory. But the truth is that there are lots of guys who wouldn't give a flip about an injury like Charlotte's. For her fiancé to turn against her when such a terrible thing happened, says everything about his character (or lack thereof).
What about mental health practices in the 19th century? What about Freud?
Right now, in the mid 1800s, when you currently exist, the famous Austrian neurologist is only twelve years old. He lives in Vienna and his father is a merchant.
In 1873 he will study medicine at the University of Vienna and will work at the Vienna General Hospital.
In 1885 he will travel to Paris to learn from the neurologist Jean Charcot. The next year, he will return to Vienna to set up his own private practice and specialize in nervous disorders. This is when he will marry Martha Bernays. The couple will have six children and eventually, eight grandchildren.
It will be in 1890 when Freud's work, The Interpretation of Dreams, is published.
In 1923, Freud will publish The Ego and the Id, a paper that studies the human psyche outlining his theories of the psychodynamics of the id, ego and super-ego, essentially important in the development of psychoanalysis. This study will take years to conduct, and will involve fastidious research.
In 1938, Freud will leave Vienna for London. He will die of cancer in 1939 at the age of 83.
I'm sure you'll be a good friend to Charlotte. You know how difficult life can be.