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Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

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Ashley Johnson

on 11 October 2012

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By: Alexa Insel and Ashley Johnson Alice in Wonderland Syndrome It is not Contagious. What is it? This disease is named after the famous book Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The syndrome is also known as Todd's Syndrome. It was named after the English Psychiatrist, John Todd. Who named it? Mentally, the AIWS gives people migraines and brain tumors. Physically, AIWS has effects known as micropsia, which is size distortion of touch, sight, and sound. This means that objects can appear or seem closer or further than they actually are. For an example, people, cars, and etc. look smaller or larger than they should be and sufferers may feel the ground to be "spongy".This is how AIWS effects the brain. Socially, people felt like they are in there own world and that they are not physically there. The person might lose a sense of time. It is different from diseases because it is rare to have and only occurs during childhood. The Effects Treatments and Therapy http://www.aiws.info/ Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is a disease associated with size distortion and has side effects of migraines and brain tumors. Causes and Diagnoses It is not linked to heredity. It is not found in one specific gender.People with migraines tend to get it. There is no proven effective treatment. To prevent from getting it, stay away from big sources of electricity. Throughout the years it tends to fade away, but it may still leave side effects. AIWS is diagnosed as a side effect head traumas. Statistics say Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is caused by migraines. So to prevent migraines, avoid foods such as dark chocolate, strong cheese, maintain a healthy diet. Sufferers can also take migraine preventatives. Also, try to keep a regular sleeping pattern. Doctors say to create support groups or discussion groups. Although, AIWS is untreatable and must wear down over time. When it first happened, I was a 21-year-old undergraduate. I had been up late the night before writing my dissertation and drinking a lot of coffee, but on that particular morning I was stone cold sober and hangover-free. I stood up, reached down to pick up the TV remote control from the floor and felt my foot sink into the ground. Glancing down, I saw that my leg was plunging into the carpet. It was a disturbing sensation, but it lasted only a few seconds, so I put it down to over-tiredness and forgot all about it.

It wasn't long, however, before I started experiencing more extreme spatial distortions. Floors either curved or dipped, and when I tried walking on them, it felt as though I was staggering on sponges. When I lay in bed and looked at my hands, my fingers stretched off half a mile into the distance. These bizarre episodes were starting to happen more often, but because I was under pressure to finish my degree and get a job, I continued to put them to one side, figuring they must be stress-related or indicative of poor sleeping or diet.

I graduated and took a job as a system administrator in a new town, but instead of going away, my symptoms just got worse. Everything was now distorted, all the time. Walking down the road, parked cars appeared the size of Corgi models, while I'd feel disproportionately tall. At work, my chair seemed enormous, while I seemed to have shrunk.

Seeing the world through a fisheye lens made day-to-day life very difficult. Unable to judge distances accurately, I would often move clumsily or overcompensate. Soon I found it a struggle to leave the house; I had difficulty correctly perceiving the ground, so walking was tricky. If I didn't think about it I was OK, but as soon as I did, I found myself slumping and struggling to walk in a straight line. Crossing the road began to feel dangerous; when I saw a car coming, I had no idea what size it was, or how far away.
An experience Rik Hemsley
The Guardian, Friday 15 February 2008 http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/feb/16/healthandwellbeing.familyandrelationships Facts and Statistics AIWS occurs more likely during adolescence. It is also common for people who over-sleep.They first notice it happening at a young age and continue to notice it until it wears off. There is no statistics on death about. It is not curable. Its is not based on ethnics either. http://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/video/alice-in-wonderland Link to a video
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