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Thursday, May 12, 2005

Down the Rabbit Hole

I've written about what auras are like in other posts. They're exceptionally uncomfortable and include visual disturbance, extreme nausea and vomitting, extreme chill, leaking from the nose, and a host of other symptoms unique to each individual. However, this is the most bizarre form of aura that I have yet heard of and I thought I'd share it with you:

"Alice in Wonderland syndrome: A syndrome of distorted space, time and body image. The patient with the Alice in Wonderland syndrome has a feeling that their entire body or parts of it have been altered in shape and size. The syndrome is usually associated with visual hallucinations. The majority of patients with the syndrome have a family history of migraine headache or have overt migraine themselves.

The syndrome was first described in 1955 by the English psychiatrist John Todd (1914-1987). Todd named it, of course, for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Perhaps not coincidentally, Lewis Carroll suffered from severe migraine. Also known as a Lilliputian hallucination."

5 Comments:

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suffered from this as a little boy (between the ages of 5 through 12). I can tell you that it is awful to experience, first hand, and that thankfully its' effects wane with age (in my case disappearing, for the most part, by age 16). It feels very much like the aforementioned description, however in my case, the aural hallucinations were worse than the visual ones (the softer, fainter, a sound, the more bothersome and subsequently paralyzing it became). Thank god I've grown out of it to become yet another, tax-paying, normal citizen. Be well.

 
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