Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Alice In Wonderland Syndrome

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome [AIWS] is a newly discovered syndrome. Many physicians have never even heard of it, therefore making treatment difficult. In fact, there is no proven treatment for AIWS. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is a temporary distortion of the senses, with visual perception being distorted most often. The most reported symptom is incorrect perception of one's body parts, feeling too big or too small in relation to the environment. The most common body parts that become distorted seem to be the hands and the head. Growth is more common than shrinkage. The sizes and distances of external objects can also be perceived incorrectly in a person with AIWS. For instance- cars, furniture, animals, and buildings appear larger or smaller than they really are. Possible causes of this syndrome include migraines, Epilepsy, and Epstein-Barr virus. Since there are no direct treatments for Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, it recommended to treat the syndrome indirectly. For example, AIWS symptoms caused by migraines are shown to decrease when you avoid dark chocolate, red wine, hangovers, and disruptive sleep patterns.


3 comments:

  1. I found this to be one of the most interesting things I've read lately. I am interested to keep up with this and any possible advancements. I also get terrible migraines that really can mess up my vision so its good to know maybe I'm not totally crazy when it happens!

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  2. Wow this is so interesting and sad to know that this can happen to people. I can only imagine how scary it must be for the people who have AIWS to know that there mind is messing with there senses and that there is nothing they can do to treat AIWS directly.

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