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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 235856, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/235856
Case Report

Isolated Hyperreligiosity in a Patient with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

1Department of Neurology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY 10003, USA
2Department of Neurology, Maimonedes Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11219, USA

Received 20 January 2015; Revised 20 July 2015; Accepted 21 July 2015

Academic Editor: Federico Micheli

Copyright © 2015 Rocio Garcia-Santibanez and Harini Sarva. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A 40-year-old man with history of temporal lobe epilepsy presented to the emergency department with hyperreligiosity after medication noncompliance. After medications were resumed, he returned to baseline. Many famous prophets are believed to have suffered epilepsy. Waxman and Geschwind described a group of traits in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy consisting of hyperreligiosity, hypergraphia, altered sexual behavior, aggressiveness, preoccupation with details, and circumstantiality. The incidence of religious experiences ranges from 0.3 to 3.1 percent in patients with epilepsy. Religious experiences can be ictal, interictal, or postictal. Treatment is aimed at the underlying seizure etiology.