Mental Health Issues In Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland

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Have you ever considered the novel, Alice in Wonderland, to be based on real events? Have you ever suspected Alice to be an actual girl? Alice Liddell, the muse for the novel, was the six year old daughter of Carroll’s minister. Lewis built a relationship with Alice during his time at School (Alice Pre-Wonderland). He was quite intrigued by young girls and would photograph them as a hobby. While some would say this was an innocent admiration, It is quite disturbing when you think about it. On Top of his odd obsession with young girls, Carroll struggled with various neurological and mental health issues. Lewis Carroll alludes to his own health issues through the book Alice in Wonderland, which has led many health professionals to better understand mental health and neurological disorders. Since Lewis…show more content…
Some would say that Lewis did not struggle with any sort of mind-altering hallucinations, though based on evidence, this seems rather unlikely. On various occasions, Alice experiences instances of migraine symptoms, hallucinations and body dysmorphia. “The book begins with a description of Alice dozing, then feeling herself falling through space (a typically vivid description of the dizziness characteristic of migraine).” One of the first things she does in wonderland is takes a potion. The potion impairs her senses so that she feels either extremely big or extremely small. When this happens to Alice, feels like a real life occurrence rather than a dream or fantasy. There is clinical proof that these seemingly impossible things can be realities. Todd’s syndrome, otherwise known as Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, is a rare disorder that gives these sensations. It is a neurological/perceptual occurrence in the brain that causes vision distortion of certain things and their sizes. “A Functional MRI revealed hypoperfusion of
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