May is Mental Health Awareness month to stress the importance of health and wellness in society and remove unnecessary stigmas that many mental illnesses are associated with. When there is an apparent absence of stigmatisation, only then we can have meaningful dialogues that many possibly have opinions about. While most of us have heard about the most commonly discussed mental disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or schizophrenia, several unusual psychological conditions are neglected because they are rare, bizarre or simply unknown.
Because of how rare it is, many people tend to brush these symptoms. There should be an organisation of mental health that takes this issue forward. We can do the first thing to have create a solid web page specifically for this matter. This is because exposure length that can go when posted on the Internet will help to gain a lot of attention. That is why the website should be easily navigated and accessible for all.
Foreign Accent Syndrome
Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) is a speech disorder. It is believed to have caused a suffering patient to be speaking in a different or foreign accent. Traumatic brain injury or stroke may be the main reasons for that severely damaged brain. In other common cases, conversion disorder and sclerosis are the contributing factors to this neuron disease. However, in other cases, there is no definitive reason for it. When someone is suffering from this, their speech will sound as if it is altered, especially in intonation. Speech remains highly intelligible in some cases, and it remains understandable. FAS has been recorded worldwide, including accent changes from Japanese to Korean, British English to French, American-English to British English, and Spanish to Hungarian. Some simple speech changes associated with FAS include fairly predictable errors, unusual prosody, equal and excess stress (especially in multi-syllabic words), consonant substitution, deletion, or distortion, voicing errors (i.e. bike for pike) and many more.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Alice In Wonderland Syndrome, or scientifically named Todd’s Syndrome, is discovered by Dr John Todd. He believes that it is a uniquely chronic disease. It affects human visual perception and involves an array of symptoms. That includes transiently altered perception of the shapes of inanimate and animate objects that appear smaller (micropsia) or larger (macropsia) than usual. There can also be an inability to process the passage of time. An understanding of feeling “zooming” of the surrounding environment is also a symptom. The episodes are predominantly short, often less than an hour, and occur several times a day, with unpredictable symptoms. Essentially, patients suffering from AIWS experience distorted time, space, and body image. They feel as though their bodies have been altered in size, and they have visual hallucinations. These hallucinations are called “Lilliputian,” which means that objects appear smaller or larger than they are. It is very typical for some to experience the syndrome from childhood to their late 20s. Many parents who have AIWS report their children having it, which concludes that this may be hereditary.