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Are Brain Implants Causing Personality Changes?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Jul 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Back when he was on the radio, Paul Harvey would preface unusual stories by saying, "here is a strange." Well, what follows is a strange. For those poor souls who have epilepsy, a seizure can occur at any time. Often there is no warning. The consequences can be severe, both during the seizure and in the period afterward.

Neurologists have for decades been trying to figure out a way to either prevent seizures or to give epileptics advanced warning. One way is via devices that

doctors implant into the brain.  The idea is that these implants monitor brain waves and signal when they detect unusual activity that could be an incipient

The Wires Are Crossed

seizure. While the implants were not a panacea, they did provide some relief.

Unexpected Behaviors

Then things got odd. It turned out that some people, getting an implant in their brain changed their personalities.  For some, this resulted in severe lethargy. Others with implants became hypersexual.  In one study, two years after getting the brain implant, fully two-thirds of patients saw a breakdown of their marriages. A similar percentage wanted to leave their careers. People reported feeling estranged from themselves or like dolls under the control of another. Strange events occurred. One woman tried to lift a pool table and injured her back.  Another woman walked six miles for a medical appointment a mere nine days after her implant surgery.

Other Uses For Implants?

If this were not concerning enough, doctors are beginning to explore using brain implants for such wholly psychiatric problems as schizophrenia, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. One can only imagine the results.

I Don't Feel Like Me Anymore

There is so much to consider here, both ethically and medically. It is not fair to withhold brain implants if they are providing genuine relief. But, how to reconcile what appears to be a permanent change in a person's identity? What price is too high?

Think Carefully

If you have epilepsy and are contemplating getting a device implanted in your brain, think carefully and move slowly. How would you react to being seizure-free but almost entirely separated from what you thought you were?

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About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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