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The term lunatic derives from the Latin word lunaticus, which means moon. Its equivalent word in English is “moonstruck.” People with mental disorders had aggravated symptoms during the full moon. Society classified them as lunatics. They were distinct from the demon-possessed. Most of them are epileptic. Astrologers had used this term to refer to neurological and psychiatric diseases. They believed that the moon could disturb the brain. In the olden days, people who were sleeping in the open air with no shelter used to stay awake because of the intense light of the full moon. That would affect the health and behavior of a sick person. Other than this, there is no scientific evidence for the full moon’s influence on human behavior.


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