25 Crazy Cases Of Mass Hysteria

Posted by , Updated on May 9, 2017

The mind has tremendous power over the body. Under certain stressful conditions, our brains can create flu-like symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, rashes, or vomiting. We’d like to think it’s a virus, but it’s really just our minds. Well, cramming all that anxiety into one place can ignite a wave of mass hysteria and make people do bizarre and crazy things. Here are 25 Crazy Cases Of Mass Hysteria.


The Bin Laden Itch

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In 2001, children in the United States were breaking out into a bizarre rash at school that went away when the children went home. Doctors examined it but couldn’t find any virus or reason for it happening. Turns out, it was likely an overwhelming fear from the 9/11 attacks.


Louisiana Twitching Epidemic

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Involuntary twitching can be pretty annoying and in Bellevue, Lousiana, school girls experienced it head on. In 1939, one girl claimed to have a wildly twitching leg which spread throughout the school. They discovered later the first case was pretending to get out of dance class.


Strawberries with Sugar Virus

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A teen soap opera took the Philippines by storm and then somehow convinced hundreds of kids they had the same illnesses and symptoms as the characters on the show. At first, people thought it was a virus but later concluded it was only mass hysteria.


Tourettes Epidemic of LeRoy, New York

1600px-Oatka_Creek_Le_Roy_NY_Aug_10Source: http://www.nytimes.com/

It was 2011 in Leroy, New York when twelve girls developed symptoms similar to Tourettes. Because of the sudden and widespread nature of the symptoms, it gained mass media attention. However, all factors were ruled out to why it would be caused. The girls were eventually diagnosed with conversion disorder, a mental illness that can come out as twitches and other similar symptoms.


Scrutinized Students

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In 1962, Welsh, Lousiana students were held under intense scrutiny for their sexual activity. During this time, dozens of students reported experiencing twitches and seizures but with no real explanation other than mass hysteria.

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