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Other causes of melancholy included bodily deterioration and old age; bad diets; sexual excesses; idleness; solitariness; and an overpreoccupation with imagination, fears, shame, and malice. Burton clearly stated that melancholy could be engendered by a wide range of human frailties and life circumstances. Among the many topics that Burton included in his book on melancholy, he touched on a variety of mental aberrations that we recognize today as obsessions and compulsions. Thus he wrote of an individual who dared not to go over a bridge, come near a pool, rock, steep hill, lie in a chamber where cross-beams were, for fear he’d be tempted to hang, drown, or precipitate himself.
According to Aretaeus, the vicissitudes of the soul served as the basis of psychic disturbances. Specifically, the interconnecting linkages among “solid organs, the humours, and the pneuma” generated all forms of mental aberration. For example, anger and rage stirred the yellow bile, thereby warming the pneuma, increasing brain temperature, and resulting in irritability and excitability. Conversely, fear and oppression stirred black bile, augmenting its concentration in the blood, and thus leading to a cold pneuma and consequent melancholy.
Conversely, fear and oppression stirred black bile, augmenting its concentration in the blood, and thus leading to a cold pneuma and consequent melancholy. Disturbances of consciousness usually resulted from the sudden diminishing of the strength of the pneuma around the heart. Aretaeus’s descriptions of epilepsy were notably impressive. He spoke of its premonitory symptoms, such as vertigo and nausea, the perception of sparks and colors, and the perception of harsh noises or nauseating smells.