Although this real-life scientist died before the transistor was invented, Tesla used his formidable mind as we use computers today, designing and testing inventions using only his imagination. Tesla’s intelligence was sharpened by intense powers of concentration, which both blessed and tortured him. Tesla appears to have suffered from symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. His obsessions included phobias of dirt and germs, and of the number three. Tesla’s compulsions included doing everything in sets of three. He worked in solitude, as interacting with ordinary humans was difficult. Perhaps this explains why, in his later years, Tesla claimed to have contacted beings from the planet Venus.
+ Diagnosis + Axis I: Obsessive-compulsive disorder; psychotic disorder not otherwise specified (alien hallucinations) Axis II: No diagnosis Axis III: No diagnosis Axis IV: Social isolation Axis V: GAF = 60 Moderate symptoms: conflicts with co-workers; impairment in reality testing