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Mental Maladies

Author: Dr. Vladamiro Falcone, PhD
Place/Gathering Discovered: The Mission of Silent Reprieve/Fools of April
Date: April 09
Transcribed by: Sir Iawen, KoEF, Wanderer

Mental Maladies:An abstract on afflictions of the mind

Authored By Dr. Vladamiro Falcone, PhD

With the recent cases of mass hysteria at the Mission of Silent Reprieve, a case study has been developed to determine, on a case by case basis, the casual link between patients and their condition.

Mass Hysteria is defined as the sociopsychological phenomenon of the manifestation of the same or similar hysterical symptoms by more than one person. A common manifestation of mass hysteria occurs when a group of people believe they are suffering from a similar disease or ailment. Mass hysteria typically begins when an individual becomes ill or hysterical during a period of stress. After this initial individual shows symptoms, others begin to manifest similar symptoms; typically nausea, muscle weakness, fits or headache. The features of mass hysteria include no plausible cause found, ambiguous symptoms, rapid escalation of cases - often spread by line of sight - and rapid remission of symptoms. Demographically, cases are higher in females and those with greater medical services. Other factors that contribute to the severity of the symptoms and spread are protective clothing worn by emergency services and mistaken or misleading investigations. Sightings of religious miracles are often attributed to mass hysteria. Cases of moral panic often have symptoms that overlap with mass hysteria.

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