31 Strange Medical Conditions – Summer Bummer Series pt. 1 – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.13)


(summer bummer title) Hi, I’m John Green. Welcome to my salon. I’m
so glad I don’t have Intermittent Explosive Disorder, a condition marked by random fits
of disproportionate rage. I’M SO ANGRY. AHHHHHHH. Anyway, thats just one of 31 fascinating disorders
we’ll talk about today on mental_floss. 2. To people who suffer from Alice in Wonderland
Syndrome, other people can look like they’ve consumed “Eat Me” cakes or “Drink Me” potions.
The distortion, caused by a rare type of migraine, can last for weeks or mere seconds. *points
to Donald on wall* Mark, is Donald Duck Syndrome that disease when you dream about going to
school with no pants on? If not, they are really missing a naming opportunity there. 3. Are you an elderly Japanese woman who’s
sick of having a recently retired spouse underfoot? Probably not, judging from our demographics.
But if you are, then you might have the aptly named Retired Husband Syndrome, which can
actually cause physical ailment, like stomach ulcers and rashes. 4. Japanese people are most susceptible to
Paris Syndrome, the psychiatric breakdown that occurs when the city of Paris, France,
doesn’t live up to the romantic ideal you’ve envisioned. Thankfully, the Japanese embassy
has a 24-hour hotline for citizens suffering from culture shock. Really. 5. Truman Show Delusion is marked by a patient’s
belief that he or she is the star of an imaginary reality show. The camera’s real right? 6. It’s possible that George Costanza was
a victim of Genital Retraction Syndrome or “Koro,” a condition that causes people to
believe their genitals are shrinking, disappearing, or have been stolen entirely. Strangely, Koro
is occasionally an epidemic. 7. And while we’re talking Seinfeld, let us
not overlook the time Kramer had seizures upon hearing the voice of entertainment reporter
Mary Hart. This was based on an actual incident in which a woman had epileptic seizures due
to the specific pitch and quality of the tone of Mary Hart’s voice. 8. Last Seinfeld reference, I swear. On the
rare occasion that people laugh so hard they faint, they’re said to have something called
Laugh Syncope. So when a 62-year-old man passed out into his mashed potatoes because he was
laughing so hard at a certain show about nothing, doctors dubbed it “Seinfeld Syncope.” 9. Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair
– don’t eat it. You’ve probably heard of trichophagia, where people are compelled to eat their hair.
The thing is, hair isn’t digestible, so over time, it accumulates into a giant mass that
can wrap around and perforate internal organs, which is called Rapunzel Syndrome. 10. Ever walk into a room and immediately
forget why you’re there? It could be Busy Life Syndrome, which is essentially just information
overload. Researchers blame constant stimulation from cell phones, the Internet and social
media. …I’m sorry, that’s my fault. 11. 12 and 13: Coprographia, coprolalia, and
copropraxia. Respectively, those mean making rude drawings or writings, using profane words,
and making obscene gestures – all involuntarily. You know, like Jonah Hill in that Superbad
flashback. 14.*points to icecream* Does your strawberry
ice cream taste like vanilla? You might have dysgeusia, a disorder that distorts the sense
of taste. Or they might have put the wrong food coloring in the ice cream. 15. Often associated with dysgeusia is Burning
Mouth Syndrome. Nearly 1.3 million Americans suffer from it, so right now one of you is
probably feels like you just got hot pizza cheese plastered to the roof of your mouth
– even if you haven’t eaten recently. 16. Pizza probably wouldn’t be at the top
of the list for someone with Gourmand Syndrome. Thought to be caused by an injury to the right
frontal lobe of the brain, GS results in a “preoccupation with food and a preference
for fine eating.” My syndrom does involve a pre-occupation with food, but its the opposite:
really low quality food..so I don’t know what that would be called, maybe American food. *STAN CAN WE GET A LIBERTAGE!* 17. People suffering from Dr. Strangelove
Syndrome often think they’re Peter Sellers. No. Strangelove Syndrome is also known as
“alien hand syndrome,” where one hand appears to be controlled by someone other than the
person it’s attached to, even going so far as to injure the person. Alien Hand Syndrome
is also the subject of a terrible 1999 Devon Sawa/Seth Green movie. Why by the way, is
not related to me. 18. Inserting nonsense words for real words
without even realizing it is the result of Jargon aphasia. It can actually progress to
the point where someone suffering from the condition is talking in an entirely made-up
language. 19. In other news of diseases that would be
injurious to my career, Walking Corpse Syndrome. Those with WCS, or Cotard’s Delusion, think
they’re dead or rotting, have possibly lost their blood or internal organs, or believe
they never actually existed in the first place. 20. Capgras delusion is when you believe that
a loved one has been replaced by an identical impostor. {John looks suspiciously at a photo
of Hank}. Hmm…good try, Mark…but I don’t love him. 21. I’m just kidding, Hank. If you’re Hank.
The flipside of Capgras is the Fregoli delusion, which causes a person to believe that many
different people are actually just a single person who is skilled in the art of disguise.
The first case was reported in 1927, when a woman believed that two local stage actors
were constantly following her, pretending to be people she knew. 22. Ok. So here’s a thing that exists: Purple
urine bag syndrome, AKA PUBS. Occasionally, nursing homes report that elderly patients
who have been catheterized are producing bags filled with purple pee. It appears to be a
harmless condition that’s likely caused by certain enzymes mixing with tryptophan – the
same stuff in turkey that’s purported to make you sleepy. Side note, but do you think California
rasin’s pee purple? 23. If you wake up one morning with an accent
that you have no right to have, Madonna, it’s possible that you’re the victim of Foreign
Accent Syndrome. Doctors believe it happens when the tiny area of the brain that controls
language gets damaged by a stroke or other brain injuries. 24. And now on to Exploding Head Syndrome.
*Head Explodes* Mark, C’mon. Alright, that’s better. People with EHS hear loud noises that
don’t exist, most often waking them up in the middle of the night. The noises have been
described as everything from a bomb exploding to cymbals crashing. 25. People who have little to no awareness
of time have dyschronometria. This applies to people who can’t even approximate when
30 seconds have gone by, not your brother who is consistently 15 minutes late to everything. 26. Just like the Beatles and Justin Bieber,
pianist Franz Liszt had crazed fans. But, back in li 1800s, the word “mania” had real
medical connotations, so the fact that doctors named the phenomenon “Lisztomania” indicated
that it had physical symptoms including fainting and hysteria. Although to be fair, I would
likely faint in the presence of the Beibs. 27. Trimethylaminuria – let’s just call it
Fish Odor Syndrome – is a metabolic disorder that makes you smell like day-old fish. There
is no known cure or treatment. Good luck with life! 28. Smelling odors that aren’t really there?
That’s phantosmia. 29. Smelling something rotten when what’s
really there is something pleasant? That’s parosmia. 30. Not smelling anything at all? That’s anosmia. 31. And lastly, we return to my portrait gallery
to discuss Stendhal Syndrome. Does seeing that baby octopus thing make your heart race?
Does it make you feel like you might faint? Then you might have Stendhal Syndrome. Such
people often feel dizzy or faint when they are in the presence of art that they find
particularly beautiful or a lot of art. Thanks for watching mental_floss on YT made
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100 thoughts on “31 Strange Medical Conditions – Summer Bummer Series pt. 1 – mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.13)

  1. The Capgras Delusion was the subject of one of the most tense Criminal Minds episodes I've ever seen (the guy with the delusion is a Navy Seal).

  2. My girlfriend has trimethylaminuria. It's not really noticeable generally but when I go down on her, the smell is really strong.

  3. I'm not sure, but I think I have a mild case of dyschronometria. I can find it difficult to figure out how much time has passed, and sometimes think an hour has only been 15 minutes, and sometimes vice versa.

  4. My best friend smoked synthetic marijuana and thought he was reading the mind of a guy in America and spoke with a flawless American accent for about an hour and had a whole back story.

  5. I actually have IED. And it is very strange, you get extremely enraged over small or slight things others wouldn't even feel very annoyed over.

  6. i saw the Alien hand syndrom topic on an episode of House MD, the patient had brain surgery and now cannot control his left arm. It reacts all on its own and throws things/slaps people, etc.

  7. I usually watch this show to make me happy and entertain me, but this episode had really offended me. I have trichotillomania (rapunzel syndrome) and I have had it since I was 7, I'm now nearly 13 and still haven't stopped. I have had hypnosis therapy, post traumatic stress disorder therapy (my brother died when I was 6), art therapy and countless other therapies. I have never been diagnosed by a doctor, I have been by many professional NHS workers and therapists, though. I have been bullied because of it. I was bald and wore bandannas for the whole of year 4, I lost many friends because they thought I was trying to be 'cool'. I left primary school with 4 friends. I want to be happy, I can't. I also have anxiety and get angry/upset for no apparent reason. My parents help but It doesn't do anything. This episode has offended me because if many things, including the title, many people suffer from trichotillomania and I think that no one should have the right to call any of these medical conditions 'strange'. I hope that you understand.

  8. Oh my gosh, John, my mother actually has diagnosed laughter syncope! The first time it happened we freaked out! She was laughing and then she was on the floor!

  9. research at the university of notre dame suggests that the phenomenon of forgetting why you entered a room immediately upon having entered it has to do with the physical room-entering itself. there's like some brain stuff about a change of environment or something idk look it up i only heard about it

  10. Sometimes when I listen to my Harry Potter audiobooks for too long each day, I notice that after a few days my accent begins to sound slightly British. Probably not the same thing as the accent syndrome mentioned in the video, but still.

  11. I am not saying that trichotillomania is 'normal' but it is more common than you expect. Many people pull out eye lashes and eye brows, loads of celebrities actually have trichotillomania. Google it. This is my other account other than miafantini. 

  12. I have exploding head syndrome, no joke. It doesn't happen all the time, but it does happen, and it causes me to like, wake up in the middle of the night AND THEN wake up the rest of my family as I go around the house looking in all the rooms and outside, trying to determine if the loud noise actually existed or not. Lol

  13. I used to have trichotillomania, where I would pluck my eyebrows or eyelashes cause it makes me feel better somehow…

  14. I do have IED… and no mjed has helped so I just stay to myself. then again I also have a brain injury causing my temper and nuero shit I was born with. even some smells make me mad.. I cant help it.

  15. I was born with.. De Morsier syndrome and No corpus callosum. combine that with a brain injury and it makes life seem all too unreal 🙁 I was also recently diagnosed with Psuedotumor cerebri ( intracranial hypertension) and chiari ( aquired from whiplash).

  16. Interestingly enough, the Mpenda Effect was first observed by everyone's favorite wrong philosopher, Aristotle. However, as always happened on the rare occasion where he got something right (Another example: The mating habits of octopuses), no one believed him

  17. I have a theory for the question why does warm water freeze faster than cold water: Heat change goes faster the farther in temperature it is because it must be at the same rate. So it is slower for cold water to freeze relative to warm water

  18. Am I being stupid and missing a joke or is the phone number that he shows the police number from The I.T crowd

  19. I would think that the faster atoms move the more atoms would touch the cold air on the outside and slow down, the atoms that are still moving quickly, touch the now slowed atoms and also slow down until the entire mass becomes solid. This process happens more quickly than in the cooler masses with more slowly moving atoms.

  20. Mind blowing question… Can certain colors make you feel warmer or cooler, and actually change your body temperature?

  21. He's talking to fast for me to process every mental illness. maybe it's because i'm not a native english speaker but still really fast.

  22. You said coprophagia. That's eating poop, just a heads up.
    Thankfully you wrote what you meant to say.
    If that octopus baby had those effects on me it would be due to something entirely different.
    Namely teratophobia (or at least I think that's what it's called), short version: freaks freak me out.

  23. I think the hot water freezing sooner than cold water has to do with the fact that freezing is an exothermic reaction. As in you draw the heat of the water, and because the water is hot, it has more energy than cold water, therefore more active molecules, therefore it loses heat faster than cold water.

  24. As for Trimethylaminuria, it is true that there is no "real treatment or cure". However, the symptoms can be greatly reduced by the type of foods the person chooses to eat.
    This is because there are certain foods that produce trimethylamin, and other foods that don't. Apparently this method of reducing the smell is very effective if you do it right.

  25. This may have been my favorite video.
    #25 was great because I immediately thought of my brother who is constantly 15 minutes late to everything, and you immediately corrected it. HA!

  26. Lol I have Exploding Head Syndrome (also seizures and sleep paralysis). When I'm falling asleep, I hear loud gunshot noises that seem like they're coming from inside my brain. It reminds me of what it must be like to get shot in the head…but like 3 times a night.

  27. capgras delusian, when I was younger I hast this repeated dream where there was my dad and a robot that looked exactly like my dad and I had to choose which one was my actual dad. not the same thing as capgras syndrome but it reminded me of it

  28. There's a cydia tweak that makes you use both hands to use iBooks to stop people from picking/eating their hair while reading

  29. "if you wake up one morning with an accent youre not supposed to have madonna" DANGGGG JOHN😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  30. I have anosmia (congenital, rather than acquired), it is a symptom of a medical condition called Kallmann syndrome which affects puberty and fertility.

  31. hey Mental floss, what do you call an illness that causes a man in 2016 to call his den a salon? my vote; hyperqueeratosis. HAHS big fan of the show

  32. I learned about Capgras Syndrome watching an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and it just broke my heart.

  33. Am I the only one who gets really dizzy when I enter an unfirmiliar room/apartment? This also happens when I smell weird things. Is it because the brain is trying to get used to the smell/sight/atmosphere?

  34. John Green you are my favorite person to watch on mental floss. You're awesome. What did you do before this? Can I see you in anything else?

  35. I have always thought maybe warm water freezes faster than cold water, because warm water has a closer molecular vibration rate to ice than cold water does- as in, normally, when liquids solidify, the molecules come closer together, which helps make it hard and dense. Water does the opposite- it forms a lattice structure with the molecules spaced further apart than they are in water (which is why freezing water makes it expand AND why ice floats, and the water molecules in ice actually vibrate (as far as I remember) similar to how they vibrate when being heated…
    So basically, ice has a closer molecular state to warm/hot water than it does to cold water, so warm water freezes faster than cold water… That's my theory anyway.

  36. What causes "Exploding head syndrome" ? The description happened to me last week while trying to sleep, I heard a sudden short loud noise in one of my ear. That it was only in one hear was my clue that it was not real. It only happened that one time so far, I'm almost certain that I was not asleep or falling asleep.

  37. Hot water freezes faster because the molecules are already excited. Water expands when hot as well as when frozen; thus when the water is hot the molecules are already expanded and the freezing process has in a way already started in a manner mildly unaffected by the water’s high starting temperature. I hope that helped

  38. I actually have Alice in Wonderland syndrome and let me tell you, i hate the name of it because when i tell people i have it, they think I'm lying because the condition sounds cool.

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