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Colombia town reports mystery illness in 200 girls but psychogenic illness suspected

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This is what looks to be a textbook case of mass psychogenic illness (crudely known as “mass hysteria”). It is extremely common in schools, the symptoms are vague and non-life threatening and can be psychogenic. The cause is always suspected to be an environmental or medical factor. In this case, the fear of the moment is…

Examination phobia triggers “demons” in Namibia school

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A clear case of mass psychogenic illness… allAfrica.com: Namibia: ‘Demons Invade’ St Theresia Junior Secondary School Hostel. PANIC befell students at St Theresia Junior Secondary School hostel at Tses after 20 pupils on Sunday afternoon suffered from epileptic type of attacks, triggering fears of demons. The Karas education regional director, Awebahe Hoeseb, yesterday confirmed the…

Want to get off of school? Pretend to be possessed.

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A case of possession in the Philippines or something more cerebral? School officials suspend classes over ‘evil spirits’ – Inquirer News. Classes were suspended Thursday at Isaac Lopez Integrated School in Mandaluyong City after around 20 students aged between 12 and 16 started acting strangely—screaming, crying, fainting and convulsing—prompting claims that they were possessed by evil spirits.…

Mass hysteria sex ed

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A case of stress triggered a mass reaction in a school. These things happen. Six kids collapse in sex education class – The Local. There was some distress in the classroom as a number of children collapsed after they were asked to colour in pictures of sexual organs while learning about human reproduction. A biology…

Bangladesh factory haunted, with fear

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This fits the pattern of mass psychogenic illness. Prayers to drive out ghost at Bangladesh garment plant. Some 3,500 workers stopped work at the plant in Gazipur, north of Dhaka on Tuesday, and smashed furniture to demand action to remove the ghost, which some workers claimed had attacked them in the ladies’ washroom. “The agitating…

Teacher, teacher, there’s a hairy creature!

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A textbook case of mass hysteria/mass psychogenic illness. HAIRY CREATURE SIGHTING DISTURBS CLASSES | The Voice. Teachers at Mathiba Primary School in Maun had to abruptly end classes last week Friday after students reported seeing a hairy little creature. Regional Director for North West District in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Acro Maseko…

Brockovich gets involved in the New York mystery illness case

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Mystery illness: More girls develop Tourette’s-like tics Erin Brockovich is on the case! The environmental activist, made famous by the 2000 movie starring Julia Roberts as the crusading single mom, tells USA TODAY she is investigating the case of more than a dozen teens from one upstate New York school plagued by mysterious, Tourette’s-like symptoms.…