Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

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Alice in Wonderland Magic Potion

To continue with weird medical conditions related to books or movies, I hope you all enjoyed Alice in Wonderland and the charming Johnny Depp starring in it, but for some people (part of which aren’t even on drugs) what Alice experienced is a terrifying routine.

Named after Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is associated with the misperception of the size of the objects surrounding the individual, therefore (s)he may encounter fake ‘gigantism’ or ‘dwarfism’.  Apparently in most cases the symptoms disappear with ageing, this being a condition often associated with children. The visual hallucinations are accompanied sometimes by ‘time insensitivity’.

What causes this is uncertain at the moment; doctors developed many theories, but none so far being proven to be entirely accurate, although they are all linked to occipital lobe, which is the visual processing centre.

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