What is Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS)?

Imagine sometimes seeing things around you in a very strange way, like they are much bigger or much smaller than they are. This happens to people with a rare condition called Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS). It makes how you see the world and your own body seem weird.

Why Does Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS) Happen?

We’re not sure why people get AIWS. It might have something to do with headaches called migraines, a brain condition called epilepsy, brain tumours, infections, or even taking certain drugs. It’s a bit of a mystery.

A Real Story of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS)

Think about a young boy, only 6 years old, who had AIWS. He saw things as if they were very small and far away, like looking through the wrong end of a telescope. This would last for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Even though doctors checked a lot, they couldn’t find one clear reason for his AIWS.

Treating Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS)

There’s no one cure for AIWS. Since it can be linked to migraines, sometimes stopping these headaches or eating foods that are good for migraine sufferers can help. But if AIWS happens a lot, finding a way to make it better can be hard. People with AIWS might see the world in a strange way many times a day, which can be quite scary. Yet, often, it gets better on its own over time.

Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS) and More Than Just Seeing Differently

AIWS can also change how you hear things and how you feel, making noises seem louder or touches feel different. It can make time seem to go really fast or really slow. Some people might even see things that aren’t there. It’s all very confusing.

Coping with Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS)

There’s no clear cure, but knowing what might trigger an episode, like certain foods or stress, and finding ways to relax can help. Living a healthy life and talking to doctors who understand AIWS can make a big difference.

Finding Support for Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS)

While there might not be groups only for AIWS, there are places online where people share their stories and support each other. It’s good to remember you’re not alone in this. There is a Facebook support group for AIWS.