Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Hypergraphia hyperactive graphic

Hypergraphia: The driving compulsion to write; the overwhelming urge to write. Hypergraphia may compel someone to keep a voluminous journal, to jot off frequent letters to the editor, to write on toilet paper if nothing else is available, and perhaps even to compile a dictionary. Hypergraphia is the opposite of writer's block.

Hypergraphia has also been called the midnight disease.

Temporal lobe
epilepsy is associated with hypergraphia. This association has been known at least as early as 1974. A number of prolific writers may have had temporal lobe epilepsy, including Byron, Dante, Dostoevsky, Molière, Petrarch, Poe, and Tennyson.

Hypergraphic: A person with hypergraphia, the insatiable urge to write.picture from Blizzard fan art