Fast Facts: Lunatic

A lunatic is term used to describe one who is mentally ill or unstable. But where did the term come from?

“Luna”is a Latin word meaning moon. We’ve all heard of the lunar cycle. Well philosophers once believed that a full moon induced psychotic episodes in those who were susceptible due to mental illness. They referred to those individuals as “lunatics.”

If you were to speak to anyone in a mental health field would probably tell you there is some truth in this belief.

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