Recently, a large number of girls in Upstate New York have been treated by doctor’s for symptoms that resemble Tourette’s-like tics. Apparently, the hypothesis of multiple doctors is that the girls are victims of mass hysteria, or conversion disorder, according to Gothamist.
Currently, the doctors believe that the symptoms may be rooted in stress — and because girls see other girls being treated for something they can’t figure out, they then begin to experience symptoms themselves. That’s a simple way of explaining conversion disorder. It’s like when someone mentions fleas or a wool sweater and you start feeling itchy. After the girls’ parents were told the diagnosis of possible conversion disorder, they did the sane thing and went on the Today Show to express their outrage.
The one important point that a psychologist points out is that a doctor saying the symptoms are caused by mass hysteria, is not calling the girls “fakers” or saying that their symptoms aren’t real. They are real, but there is no disease for them. They need therapy to treat them, not medication. Doctors haven’t found any other reason for why over ten girls would develop the same symptoms — from water to disease to everything in between. Stress has been known to cause weird problems before and doctors are being honest by saying, something weird is going on here, we don’t know, but we think it’s conversion disorder.
The problem I see is that people are demanding a “cure” and they want to be instant. Ladies, we don’t even have a cure for the common cold, do you really think one is just going to fall out of the sky for you? With all “weird” issues that arise in life — from symptoms like these to something equally random, like a bump on your leg — there might never be a sure answer. Doctors are still human beings. They aren’t magic and they don’t always have all the answers. What’s happening is clearly something weird, but the victims, and their parents, need to realize that just because they aren’t getting the answers they want, doesn’t mean that people don’t care. I’m sure their doctors are just as worried about it as they are!
Lovelies, what do you think? Were the doctors in the right… or do you think they should be doing more to “cure” the girls?