– The Buffalo news has written a must-read story on LeRoy teens and conversion disorder. It’s a complete takedown of alternative theories to their illness. The news interviews a neurologist whose practice tested and treated the girls. He’s concerned some have rejected the conversion disorder diagnosis and are no longer seeking treatment:
No amount of media coverage or speculation these past few weeks has changed that diagnosis. Even the speculating psychologists and physician contributors on national TV do not dispute the findings.
“People do not want to accept that,” said Dr. Lazlo Mechtler, one of two neurologists at Dent Neurologic Institute who have evaluated 12 of the 15 cases that have come to light so far. “They live a conspiracy life in a bioterrorist world.”
…a number of patients have improved since they began treatment, and two are now fine.
Health professionals who have studied mass psychogenic illness say heightened attention only worsens symptoms.
This doctor has given several interviews since the story went national to stop misinformation. Is it now time for the media to back off in the absence of any other evidence causing the illness? It’s a complicated topic I wrote about yesterday.
– An opinion piece in the New York Times says hysteria in teenage girls happens.
– A Webster teacher has a suggestion for teacher evaluations. Have parents ask teachers how much they know about each child.
– She was a CIA agent and mother killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. Some are blaming her for her own death.