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(CBS Philadelphia)   A mysterious, newly discovered disease that strikes mainly young women. "There was something wrong. I thought trucks were following me,"   (philadelphia.cbslocal.com) divider line 93
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2013-02-09 08:00:48 AM  
That sounds a lot like biblical possession.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-02-09 09:30:12 AM  
One minute I'd be sobbing, crying hysterically, and the next minute I'd be laughing

It's called bipolar disorder, or manic depression if you're old fashioned. All women have it.

Or maybe it's PMS. I'm not a licensed psychotherapist.
 
2013-02-09 09:37:13 AM  
It's Lupus.
 
2013-02-09 09:57:33 AM  
I wonder if they triggered it by taking extacy?
 
2013-02-09 10:17:36 AM  
I read Susannah Cahalan's book, Brain on Fire.  It was frightening.  One minute you are yourself and the next minute you are acting crazy and then your brain and body just start shutting down on you.
 
2013-02-09 10:22:46 AM  

SundaesChild: I read Susannah Cahalan's book, Brain on Fire.  It was frightening.  One minute you are yourself and the next minute you are acting crazy and then your brain and body just start shutting down on you.


I went to school with a kid who would hear someone knocking on a door or doorbells at random times. It got to the point where he couldn't tell if someone was really at the door or not.
 
2013-02-09 10:29:45 AM  
♫ This brain's on fire,
Rolling down the road,
Best notify my next of kin,
This brain shall explode ♫
 
2013-02-09 11:19:25 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: ♫ This brain's on fire,
Rolling down the road,
Best notify my next of kin,
This brain shall explode ♫


too many bolli stolis
 
2013-02-09 11:34:58 AM  

sithon: I wonder if they triggered it by taking extacy?


mhmm
if it is an autoimmune response .... probably not
but ... would be interesting if this was caused by ... SSRI or MDMA or any of the other brain drugs
 
2013-02-09 12:02:13 PM  
 
2013-02-09 12:07:15 PM  
Sure its not just over exposure to reality TV?  Sounds pretty similar.
 
2013-02-09 12:10:48 PM  
Do symptoms tend to manifest themselves for 3-4 days once a month?
 
2013-02-09 12:11:05 PM  
It's brain suicide brought on by too much Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber.  A more fitting death for their fans cannot be found
 
2013-02-09 12:11:54 PM  
Any disease that strikes "mainly" young women is 100% mental. Every couple of years something like this happens. Some of the women are being AW, but most of them are just extremely susceptible to suggestive hysteria.  It strikes them from puberty up to the age of 30 or so.
 
2013-02-09 12:12:12 PM  
 
2013-02-09 12:13:10 PM  
Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.
 
2013-02-09 12:14:09 PM  
I've got the vapors!
 
2013-02-09 12:14:13 PM  

FrancoFile: Any disease that strikes "mainly" young women is 100% mental. Every couple of years something like this happens. Some of the women are being AW, but most of them are just extremely susceptible to suggestive hysteria.  It strikes them from puberty up to the age of 30 or so.


Riiiiight. Never mind that the article says it's a form of Encephalitis.

I know, I know, don't feed the troll, but I'm sure there are people who believe exactly this.
 
2013-02-09 12:14:14 PM  

FrancoFile: Any disease that strikes "mainly" young women is 100% mental. Every couple of years something like this happens. Some of the women are being AW, but most of them are just extremely susceptible to suggestive hysteria.  It strikes them from puberty up to the age of 30 or so.


You know how I know you don't have a doctorate?
 
2013-02-09 12:14:16 PM  
It's called 12yearolditis.
 
2013-02-09 12:14:29 PM  
What young women with a brain problem may look like:
www.startrek.com
/my brain hurts
 
2013-02-09 12:15:50 PM  
"I had bizarre abnormal movements, would leave my arms out extended, you know, in front of me."

goregirl.files.wordpress.com
IT BEGINS. I hope everyone has their preparations made. Good night and good luck.
 
2013-02-09 12:16:03 PM  
It will have to come out!
www.cardinalfang.net
 
2013-02-09 12:16:03 PM  

KiwDaWabbit: FrancoFile: Any disease that strikes "mainly" young women is 100% mental. Every couple of years something like this happens. Some of the women are being AW, but most of them are just extremely susceptible to suggestive hysteria.  It strikes them from puberty up to the age of 30 or so.

You know how I know you don't have a doctorate high school diploma?


Let's be honest here.
 
2013-02-09 12:16:16 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

"Young women dazed, restrained in hospital beds, acting possessed and then becoming catatonic. They'd been so normal, when suddenly their lives went haywire."

/First thing that popped in my head
 
2013-02-09 12:16:32 PM  
Hmmm... Witchcraft.

Burn a few, that'll learn 'em!
 
2013-02-09 12:16:47 PM  
"There was something wrong. I thought trucks were following me,"
media.tumblr.com

ELLO GOV'NOR
 
2013-02-09 12:18:13 PM  

Smeggy Smurf: It's brain suicide brought on by too much Taylor Swift and Justin Beiber.  A more fitting death for their fans cannot be found


Well played.
 
2013-02-09 12:18:52 PM  
This girl is on fire.
 
2013-02-09 12:19:45 PM  

Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.


What also floats in water?
 
2013-02-09 12:21:15 PM  
"One minute I'd be sobbing, crying hysterically, and the next minute I'd be laughing," said Susannah Cahalan, of New Jersey.

sounds like a normal woman to me.
 
2013-02-09 12:21:23 PM  

Tentacle: Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.

What also floats in water?


Dog poop?
 
2013-02-09 12:22:06 PM  
It`s called being batshiat crazy. All women have it but some have learned actions that prevent them from being sectioned.
 
2013-02-09 12:22:41 PM  

Hack Patooey: Tentacle: Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.

What also floats in water?

Dog poop?


Pumice stones?
 
2013-02-09 12:22:47 PM  

Tentacle: Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.

What also floats in water?


Yellow plastic ducks.
 
2013-02-09 12:23:42 PM  

mrlewish: "One minute I'd be sobbing, crying hysterically, and the next minute I'd be laughing," said Susannah Cahalan, of New Jersey.

sounds like a normal woman to me.


Nah, she missed out shouting at the nearest male that her father was a bastard.
 
2013-02-09 12:24:59 PM  

Tentacle: Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.

What also floats in water?


I know BOATS!
 
2013-02-09 12:25:16 PM  
I saw Goody Freightliner with the Devil!
 
2013-02-09 12:25:39 PM  
Pretty sure the parents misunderstood the words "inflammation of the brain" for "her brain is on fire". Not a new disease either. Have had a few alcoholic patients who end up with it.


DefinitionEncephalitis (en-sef-uh-LI-tis) is inflammation of the brain. Viral infections are the most common cause of the condition.
Encephalitis can cause flu-like symptoms, such as a fever or severe headache, as well as confused thinking, seizures, or problems with senses or movement. Many cases of encephalitis may go unnoticed because they result in only mild flu-like symptoms or even no symptoms. Severe cases of encephalitis, while relatively rare, can be life-threatening.
 
2013-02-09 12:25:47 PM  
Susannah says this is how doctors explained it to her parents, "He told them her brain is on fire. He used those words: 'Her brain is on fire.'"

WHOOOOOOAAAHHOOOOOAAAAAAHHHHOOOO, her brain is on fiiiiirre...
 
2013-02-09 12:26:25 PM  
DUCK!
 
2013-02-09 12:28:17 PM  
Wiki:

According to a review of 100 cases in The Lancet, 91 of the 100 patients were women, mean age of all patients numbered 23 years (5-76 range); of the 98 patients that underwent an oncological screening, 58 had a tumour, predominantly an ovarian teratoma. All patients presented with psychiatric symptoms or memory problems; 76 of them suffered from seizures, 88 developed unresponsiveness (decreased consciousness), 86 - dyskinesias, 69 - autonomic instability, and 66 - hypoventilation. Tumour treatment associated with better prognosis; 75 patients got well without residual problems and 25 died or were left with severe deficits.
 
2013-02-09 12:30:34 PM  

Tentacle: Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.

What also floats in water?


Hedgehogs?
 
2013-02-09 12:32:08 PM  
If they actually found anti-NMDA antibodies, they'd generally look at her ovaries for cancer.
 
2013-02-09 12:35:14 PM  

MBooda: It will have to come out!
[www.cardinalfang.net image 691x474]


"No, no.... My brain in my head."
 
2013-02-09 12:36:41 PM  

Tentacle: Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.

What also floats in water?


Very small rocks.
 
2013-02-09 12:41:09 PM  

Tentacle: Deep Contact: Sounds like they are witches. Dunk them in a lake and see if they float.

What also floats in water?


they all float down here, Georgie
 
2013-02-09 12:42:26 PM  
Naegleria Fowleri
 
2013-02-09 12:52:23 PM  

FrancoFile: Any disease that strikes "mainly" young women is 100% mental. Every couple of years something like this happens. Some of the women are being AW, but most of them are just extremely susceptible to suggestive hysteria.  It strikes them from puberty up to the age of 30 or so.



You should RTFA. It turned out to be an auto-immune disease of the brain.

The immune system is very, very complex and thus is often not quite tuned just right. For instance, allergies are your immune system overreacting to something innocuous you're exposed to in your environment. Rheumatoid arthritis is the immune system responding to the lining of your joints as a threat and attacking it. There are auto-immune disorders where the immune system screws up and attacks... well, you name a type of tissue in the body and someone has an immune system which decides to reject it at some point. Some people's own immune system goes in to overdrive and stays there, being too sensitive it rejects some normal tissue and attacks it. That's just how intelligently designed our bodies are.

So this turned out to be the immune system borking up and attacking her own brain. Nothing even remotely implausible about that. Especially since once they got her on the right regime of drugs (probably a DMARD or perhaps one of the new biologics they have now) she got better. It sucks when you own body tries to kill you...
 
2013-02-09 12:53:21 PM  
Wasn't this the plot to Battletanx for the N64?
 
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