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What is Alice in Wonderland Syndrome and What’s It Like To Have It

Apparently, this neurological condition can really mess up with your mind.

Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) — who died in 1898 — suffered from a rare neurological disorder that wasn’t identified until several decades after his death. The author often had hallucinations wherein objects would appear larger or smaller than they are. If you’re familiar with Carroll’s most famous story, you will recall that the lead character, Alice, dealt with this problem.

As we all know, Carroll’s surreal tale of a little girl who wanders into a strange world already continues to be wildly popular all over the world. It has been published in numerous editions and has several movie versions as well. Yet, very few people know that many of the experiences of the lead character were based on the author’s disorder.

Lewis Carroll used details of his condition in his iconic tale.

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In 1955, English psychiatrist John Todd validated the existence of the disorder that Carroll had. This was after he encountered several other people who had the same problem. The disorder was eventually named Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. Some people call it Todd’s Syndrome, but the name after Carroll’s tale is definitely more interesting.

One memorable part of the story is when Alice grows into a giant.

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According a paper in the Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences, the main symptom of the disorder is an altered body image. It explained further:

“The person with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome observes sizes of parts of the body wrongly.”

Indeed, those who have the condition often feel that their head and hands have grown oversized. They also tend to misjudge the sizes of other objects.

Can you imagine literally feeling this way?

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As if that’s not bad enough, the sufferer also loses his or her sense of time. Those who have it really bad also experience strong hallucinations.

There will be times when you think your body parts are growing longer.

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Doctors have not yet figured out the exact cause of the syndrome. However, the condition has been connected with epilepsy and migraines. They also noted that many people who have Alice in Wonderland Syndrome episodes are under stress or they simply lack sleep.

As you can see, it’s a very real condition.

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Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment yet for the disorder. At best, doctors use the same treatment used for those who have chronic migraine attacks.

In any case, it’s important to educate people about this disorder. Otherwise, they’ll keep thinking that they have a major brain disorder. Understandably, some have also doubted their sanity.

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31-Year-Old ‘Blonde Bombshell’ Is The Youngest Dementia Patient Doctors Have Ever Seen

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At age 31 and months before her wedding last year, she was diagnosed with a rare hereditary form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia. Now 32, Becky lives with her parents in Suffolk, where she receives round-the-clock care.

Becky is considered one of the youngest dementia patients.

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Scientists Found Weird Brain-Like Blobs In A Canadian Lagoon And They’re Spreading

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Weird blob-like creatures left scientists baffled as they lurk in a lagoon in Canada. What are these creatures anyway?

The thick and mucus-like creatures are in fact bryozoans, which were spotted in "Lost Lagoon" in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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50 Awesome Photos That Prove Burning Man 2017 Is The World’s Wildest Festival Ever

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City.

We’ve all heard many crazy festivals across the world but clearly, the Burning Man is one of the most notable out there. Originally established in 1986 by two buddies who burned an 8-ft statue on a San Francisco beach, this year’s festival photos proved to be really insane.

So what exactly is the Burning Man Festival? Well the official website tells us it is billed as a “Radical Ritual.”

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“Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome....

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