Bringing epilepsy out of the Shadows
Epilepsy has laid claim to so many brilliant people that there are some who believe epilepsy may be connected to genius. Journalist Eve LaPlante writes in her book Seized that the abnormal brain activity found in temporal lobe (complex partial) epilepsy might play a role in creativity. And she is not the only one. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE), is the most common form of epilepsy, and known to produce mystical experiences in some people.
Most contemporaries with epilepsy are afraid to come forward, fearing discrimination. Some who have include actor Danny Glover and rock star Neil Young . A few others no longer with us include Richard Burton and Margaux Hemingway.