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Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is named after Lewis Carroll Alice’s adventure in Wonderland, where the patients with this syndrome have distorted perception for example they found that their hands and their head are out of proportion but in reality the sizes of their head and hands doesn’t change a bit and this is just like when Alice ate the “eat me” cake and drank the “drink me” drink where she grew twice in size and shrunk.

This syndrome was first discovered in 1955 by the English psychiatrist John Todd. Todd discovered that several of his patients experienced severe migraine headaches causing them to see and perceive objects as greatly out of proportion.They have altered sense of time and touch, as well as distorted perception of their own body. Although having migraine headaches, none of these patients had brain tumors, damaged eyesight, or mental illness that could have caused similar symptoms. They were also all able to think lucidly and could distinguish hallucinations from reality but their perceptions were skewed.

A study by Dr. Grant Liu shows that this syndrome only affect children aged two to thirteen years old with the average being six years old and the majority being the girls.

Alice in wonderland syndrome is a condition that most have never heard of, but doctors are working to get the word out on this strange neurological disorder. There is no primary proven treatment option for dealing with AIWS BUT changing of the diet and lifestyle are two ways to reduce the chance of developing migraines which could lead to AIWS.

Presented and edited by: Syafiqah Sulhi (editor of Science For Thought newsletter)


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