The new chapter of The Lab Rats' Guide to the Brain is all about diseases and disorders of the brain. Since this is a guide to writers (as well as readers), some attention will be paid to how to describe and use these disorders to further a story or to provide an interesting background for a character.
For example, the suspense author Dean Koontz has had protagonists with extreme photosensitivity, Asperger's Syndrome, or been blind. The story is not about the disease or disorder, but the consistency of the characters actions within the context of the disease/disorder are what make the character real, sympathetic, and make the reader care about what happens to the character.
This new section will lead off with a discussion of Attention Deficit Disorder and work through the following list:
- ADD & ADHD
- Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
- Addiction and Drug abuse
- "Blow out" - stroke and aneurysm
- Amnesia, agnosias and aphasias
- Hansen's Disease (leprosy)
- Multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - "Lou Gehrig's Disease")
- "Whats'is-name's Disease" (Alzheimers)
- Myasthenia gravis
- Blindness, Deafness and modern prosthetics
- Dr Welby and Dr. House's "Disease of the Week"
...and as always, I welcome reader questions and comments!