Out of the ordinary.

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!

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/opinion/sunday/adolescent-girl-hysteria.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/hysteria-upstate-ny_n_1244142.html

Let me now what your thoughts are.

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3 thoughts on “Out of the ordinary.

  1. Oh my gosh… I can’t believe that is actually happening to 12 girls from the same school in a small town. It is absolutely unbelievable that something like this can happen and no one knows whats going on with these poor girls. The fact that they had to quick everything they were doing because of this condition is so heart breaking and listening to them talk is also heartbreaking. I really hope there school decides to do something to help these girls, they deserve any help they can get, whether its from doctors, friends, family, the community or the school. I just don’t really know what to say about something like this because it is just so hard to believe that these girls can wake up one morning with all the same symptoms. Thanks so much for sharing this video.

  2. Wow, it really does not seem like the school, school board and health officials are taking this very seriously. It is kind of scary to see that it has happened to 12 girls in one school. There has to be a common denominator here and to say that this is just coming down to stress and that they are okay with that conclusion saddens me. I would love to see a follow up if you hear one.

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