hypergraphia


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hypergraphia

(hī″pĕr-grăf′ē-ă)
A compulsion to write. It is found in persons with temporal lobe epilepsy and right hemispheric strokes and tumors, among other brain disorders.
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There is a condition called hypergraphia which is the official diagnosis of the compulsion to write.
He reports racing thoughts, euphoric mood, increased speech, hypergraphia, elevated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, distractibility, and increased goal-directed activity.
10) Sperber cites Thoreau's journal passage as evidence of hypergraphia ("over-writing"), a behavior associated with the manicdepressive disorder now known as bipolar depression.
As evidence, he cited the lack of emotion Breivik showed when discussing those he killed, his impressive memory for details, his obsession with numbers, his hypergraphia (obsessive writing), and his monotonous tone of voice.
Described in the 1970s by Norman Geschwind, the syndrome was initially identified as a circumscribed set of personality changes, including hyper-religiosity, hypergraphia, and emotional instability, that Geschwind observed in many of his temporal lobe epilepsy patients.
Anyway, that's enough hypergraphia from this correspondent, and let's get back to the details of a highly competitive game.
For an engaging discussion of hypergraphia by a medical professional, with literary examples, see Alice W.
People with Geschwind-Gastaut syndrome can have hyperreligiosity, increased philosophical interest, hypergraphia, and changes in sexual desire.
He described himself as having "an acute case of hypergraphia that has produced 25 books, more or less, since 1937, the first drafts in all cases typed with two index fingers, one on each hand.
Hypergraphia turns out to be closely connected to temporal lobe afflictions commonly seen in people suffering from epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
She writes from the perspective of both scientist and writer who has experienced both hypergraphia and its opposite, writer's block.
Sister John also learned that hypergraphia, excessive writing, was a common symptom and that major artists functioned with the same form of epilepsy -- Dostoyevsky was one, Vincent van Gogh may have been another, Proust and even Teresa of Avila, founder of the order.