I have to admit, when I first heard of these bizarre illnesses, I wanted to call "BS." But these are completely true and real. Now that you know about these, you have some brand new excuses you can use when you want to call in sick on a Monday or Friday to extend your weekend!
1. Laugh Syncope
This is the tendency to laugh so hard, it makes you pass out.
A metabolic disorder that makes a person smell like day-old fish. There is no known cause or treatment.
3. Jargon Aphasia:
This is a speech disorder where a person uses made up words in regular sentences. It can get so bad, the person can be speaking in an entirely fictional language. Try calling into work sick and just start rambling!
4. Foreign Accent Syndrome:
This is a condition where patients randomly develop a foreign accent (usually occurring after a stroke).
5. Parry Romberg Syndrome:
This condition causes half of a person’s face to shrink, causing an asymmetrical appearance.
6. Exploding Head Syndrome:
This sleep disorder causes people to hear loud bangs in their head, as if bombs were going off.
7. Burning Mouth Syndrome:
This is a condition where a person would feel a burning sensation on the roof of their mouth, with no apparent underlying cause.
8. Human Werewolf Syndrome:
This condition, known as hypertrichosis, causes people to grow hair all over their bodies. There are only about 50 people in the world with the condition.
9. Busy Life Syndrome:
I think we all suffer from this one — Ever walk into a room and forget what you were doing? This condition is basically information overload, causing that kind of confusion.
10. Stendhal Syndrome:
This disorder causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness and fainting when a person is exposed to art they think is beautiful.
11. Stone Man Syndrome:
Medical Name: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva. It’s a rare mutation of the body’s repair mechanism. It results in the body being ossified, or turned to bone.
12. Rapunzel Syndrome:
For some reason, these people are compelled to eat their own hair, which can be extremely damaging to their digestive system. It can get bound up so badly, it could kill a person.
13. Alien Hand Syndrome:
This is a neurological disorder where a person’s hand appears to take on a mind of its own. There have been many movies about this!
14. Fregoli Delusion:
A rare disorder where a person believes that many people are actually a single person with the ability to disguise themselves.
15. Capgras Delusion:
This is the belief that a loved one has been replaced by an identical impostor.
16. Walking Corpse Syndrome:
Also known as Cotard’s delusion, the people affected by this condition believe that they are dead.
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