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Nikola Tesla - OCD and Pychosis

An analysis of Nikola Tesla's mental health

Tiffanie Campbell

on 26 March 2014

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Transcript of Nikola Tesla - OCD and Pychosis

Tesla and OCD
Tesla's obsession with the number 3 and germaphobia suggests that he may have suffered from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He would always wash his hands three times, walk around a building three times before entering, find the cubic area of his food and drink, and would have 18 napkins at his table (Divisible by 3) .
Tesla and Autism
The fact that he was so isolated from people and could not always understand their intentions suggests that he may have been autistic, but his strong understanding of language and science suggests that he would have a form of high-functioning autism.
History Continued
After he moved to the States, Telsa worked briefly with Thomas Edison and who sold a great deal of patents for his various inventions.

They later split of due to differing personalities.
Mental Disorders?
Nikola Tesla was certainly not without quirks. He had learned more than five languages, memorized many poems, worked impossible hours (3 am to 11pm), and was obsessed with the number 3 and pigeons.

But does this mean that he suffered from Mental Disorders?
A Brief History
Nikola Tesla was born on July 10th, 1856 in Croatia.

His mother was a stay at home wife who shared Tesla interest in electronics. She had invented several household electronics just for the fun of it.

Tesla's father was a priest.

He moved to the United States in 1884.
Nikola Tesla:
OCD and Autism?

History Continued
Tesla's most famous inventions include the Tesla Coil, an electrical system that is still used in radios and other electronics today, and his AC electrical system that put the world on a strong cycle of Alternating Currents of electricity.

Tesla invented many other things, that were patented by other scientists, something Tesla didn't seem to care to much about.
OCD and Autism
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By Tiffanie Campbell
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By definition, Autism is a disorder that causes delays in social interaction and the "development of 'restricted, repetitive and stereotyped' behavior, interests, and activities".

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD, is a series of "repetitive intrusive thoughts, impulses and/or behavioral urges".
“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”
“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.”
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