There is an unknown epidemic occurring to girls at LeRoy Junior-Senior High School in New York. Twelve female students are now experiencing shaking and Tourette-like tics. One of the afflicted girls, 17-year-old cheerleader Thera Sanchez says she simply took a nap on October 7, 2011, and woke up experiencing symptoms of shaking, outbursts, and tics, which she still exhibits today.
"I used to cheer every day...I used to go to two art classes every day," Sanchez told NBC
. "Now I'm not in school."
Jeffrey Hammond, spokesman for the New York State Department of Health, told Fox News that the New York health officials have investigated the school, but "the investigation has not revealed environmental or infectious causes as the origin of the students' illness
Sanchez and another afflicted girl, Katie Krautwurst, spoke with Ann Curry on the Today
show expressing their frustration with only getting what they consider unsatisfactory answers as to what has happened to them. Sanchez said she was told that her condition is caused by extreme stress.
Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, a neurologist in Amherst, is treating some of the afflicted girls and strongly believes they are suffering from "conversion disorder," or mass hysteria. It was not reported if Mechtler is treating either Sanchez or Krautwurst.
"It's happened before, all around the world, in different parts of the world. It's a rare phenomena. Physicians are intrigued by it," Mechtler told Today
regarding conversion disorder. "The bottom line is these teenagers will get better."
A contributing psychologist to Today
, Dr. Dail Saltz, clarifies that just because a problem is psychological doesn’t make it any less painful or real. She was also optimistic that the twelve girls will get better. “That’s not faking it. They’re real symptoms. They need a psychiatric or psychological treatment. Treatment does work.’’
Sanchez is not entirely convinced that her affliction is conversion disorder, because conversion disorder generally occurs after a very high-stress event. It can last days or weeks. Sanchez insists she was not undergoing anything stressful when her symptoms began, and she has been suffering for months now.
“I was fine. I was perfectly fine. There was nothing going on, and then I just woke up, and that’s when the stuttering started,” Sanchez said in her Today
The parents of some of the girls are also not convinced or soothed by the answers they’ve been given.
"Obviously we are all not just accepting that this is a stress thing," Jim Dupont, father of one of the affected girls, told Today
."It's heart wrenching, you fear your daughter's not going to have a normal life."
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