The Girls in Le Roy: A Case of Conversion Disorder?

The New York Times has published an interesting article on the case of 18 girls in Le Roy, New York (USA) who recently began manifesting a range of unusual symptoms, including tics, arm swings, and hums.  In some cases, the symptoms have been quite severe.  The case has attracted national attention in the United States, and a number of the affected girls have appeared on talk shows.  Experts have been divided on what the cause of the affliction might be, but many experts believe the case involves conversion disorder (formerly hysteria) and/or mass psychogenic illness.

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  1. I have no idea what might have impelled this apparent case of mass hysteria, but I have written about history as trauma here: http://clarespark.com/2012/03/14/history-as-trauma/. Glad to see that readers of this website are thinking about social causes of bizarre behavior that are converted into symptoms.

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