I was watching the news the other day and was just about to turn off the TV to go do my much needed homework when this strange story came on. It is about the mysterious outbreaks of Torrettes like symptoms on 13 teenage girls at a Upper New York school. The first occurrence was last october when a talented softball player went unconscious at a concert and then again at her homecomming dance. Her symptoms progressively got worst and transformed into tick like symptoms, such as spasms, uncontrollable clapping, random shouting and daily collapses. The doctors ended up diagnosing her with Tourettes syndrome. However, they are now changing their initial diagnoses as 12 other girls in her school are showing symptoms of the same calibre. It is currently being thought that the girls have a case of group conversion disorder- which is a disorder which primarily effects girls and is triggered by the cultural stresses which is effecting that group.
There has been no clear prognosis for the girls yet, but Erin Brockivich ( yes from the movie!) is investigating a possible oil spill in the area that could have triggered such a mass breakout of symptoms.
Some people are comparing these girls to the cases of the Salem Witch Trials, which began when several girls began suffering mysterious fits and outbursts.
The more I read about these incidence the more I began to think about what the school is doing for these girls, and the rest of the school community? These girls are getting a lot of attention and many of them have had to temporarily give up their former lives as cheerleaders, or athletes, because of the condition. I really hope that their school has something in place to support these girls and to educate the rest of their school community on how to be accepting and understanding of these outbreaks.
Here are some articles about these cases, as well as a link to one of the girls perosnal vlog about whats happening to her and in her school!
Let me now what your thoughts are.