Friday, August 20, 2004

Mass Hysteria or Possession

Dear Mouse,

This Yahoo news about mass hysteria involving 10 female students in North Carolina is old news. This was in 2002 yet. There must be a dearth of newsworthy news that even the "lost and found" of Paris Hilton’s chiuahua was bannered as headline and Oprah’s fashion sense when she rendered her jury duty was given more media coverage than the case they deliberated on.

Recycled or not, this news reminded me of the segment in Magandang Gabi Bayan where young girls in the the South were claimed to have been possessed by evil spirits. They exhibited the same symptoms of seizures, hyperventilation and swooning. They were treated by prayers and holy waters.

In the case of the North Carolina girls, no other explanation was given except for mass hysteria.Many would take this as the logical explanation of the phenomenon. Me too, if I have not met a young lady who was once "possessed" together with her classmates when she was still a grader. (See my choice cat for this story later).

Excerpt of the news

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Ten healthy female students at a rural, co-ed North Carolina high school had repeated bouts of seizures, swooning and hyperventilation over a four-month period in 2002 -- an outbreak that experts are calling an example of mass hysteria. The first girl began experiencing seizures in August. Over the next few weeks, more girls began to show the same symptoms. The attacks escalated throughout the fall months, then appeared to taper off by the winter holiday break. One student experienced at least 30 attacks. All but one of the girls had no history of seizures.

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At 6:38 PM, Blogger rolly said...

Cat, I've been trying to access the story at but it cannot be displayed. Thought it's because you have three cath's so i erased one of them but still it gave out a "cannot be displayed" sign. I'm interested in the story because while it hasn't happened in my school yet, it might. Our school cannot be any different.

At 11:40 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

i have not posted the story yet.

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Sassy Lawyer said...

sandali, separate domain ba yan o subdomain ng cathcath? I tried and I got in. Dagdagan ng isang tuldok. he he

At 2:57 AM, Blogger joffin said...

hello cat. tagak ko nang missing in action sa ating blogging community... harassed kasi ako sa trabaho eh. not anymore, well, at least fpr this week. andami ko lang backlog sa pagbabasa ng mga blog nyo... baka mabulag ako sa kakabasa.
nga pala. yung tanong mo abt. my tsinelas kung may purple.. ewan ko lang. wala akong nakita. 2 years old na tong tsinelas na to eh. hayaan mo pag may nakita ako , aabisuhan kita. enjoy your weekend!

At 9:14 AM, Blogger cathcath said...

thanks sassy.Hindi kasi suot ang contacts pag gabi.uhmm
palusot na naman.

alam ko yan jop. pressure talaga yan.

At 9:44 PM, Blogger R. O. said...

gaad, i have personally seen a demonic possession! i think i blogged about it b4


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