Foreign Accent Syndrome: Woman With Headache Wakes Up With British Accent


Foreign Accent Syndrome: Woman With Headache Wakes Up With British Accent

The Independent reported that the former beauty queen now speaks with a London accent - despite having never left the United States. Yet, three times in the past seven years, she awoke speaking with different accents, including Australian and Irish, although those two only lasted for a week or so. She was taken to the emergency room, where she woke up with a British accent that has been with her ever since.

Myers said, "They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon".

Myers's situation is especially peculiar since her accent doesn't sound like a speech disruption-on the contrary, it comes across as quite refined. Experts say she has a rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome.

"When I was little girl I used to always go to my mom and say my bones hurt", Myers said.

Myers also suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which causes her bruising and painful joints.

Doctors have diagnosed the woman, who has seven children, with Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS).

It's not the first time that her accent changed overnight.

According to the University of Texas at Dallas, FAS is a type of speech disorder that can cause a sudden change to a person's speech so that the native speaker is perceived to speak with a foreign intonation or accent. Her medical condition is real and rare.

The condition is usually triggered by an issue with blood flow to the brain, like a stroke or a head injury.

"It was a joke in my family that I'm awful at accents, so I think when they heard how good it was, they knew I wasn't kidding!" she said. I have come to terms with the fact I might sound like this forever. "I realise it's part of me now". "Rare diseases are very emotional".

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological. We just want to be taken seriously", she said. The injury distorted the rhythm and melody of her speech, suggesting a foreign accent to those who heard her speak. In another, a woman in Norway started to sound German-a particularly inconvenient case, since it was during the World War II and the woman was constantly denied service by shops in the Nazi-occupied country on account of her accent.

She has been to the hospital more times than she can count and the stack of medical records she keeps in the house says she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.



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