Epilepsy and Creativity

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Bringing epilepsy out of the Shadows

Eve LaPlante, in her book ‘Seized’, observes that the overactivity of brain found e.g. in temporal lobe epilepsy plays a key role in creativity in art and abstract thinking.

Probably that is why, not only that people with seizures have excelled in every human aspect, many of the greatest minds in the world, who often changed the courses of civilizations, were epileptics. Epilepsy has apparently a power and symbolism, which have historically suggested its association with exceptional creativity and leadership abilities.

The people whose fear and prejudices about epilepsy help to keep it in the shadows and perhaps they could do with a little history lesson.

The luminaries believed to have had this condition is startling and include Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Mohammed and Socrates, Sir Isaac Newton and Pascal, Handel and Vincent Van Gogh.

Epilepsy has also laid claim to a great many writers – among them Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsly, Leo Tolstoy, Jonathan Swift, Lewis Carroll and even Danté. In fact, Dostoevsky describes no less than 17 accounts of epileptic seizures in his novels. Lewis Carroll seems to suggest the aura of a temporal lobe seizure in Alice in Wonderland.

Epilepsy Support – New Zealand and Australia

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