If there is an explained illness amongst girls then it must be HYSTERIA. However, as Eve Ensler so aptly noted in her book In the Body of the World,
Hysteria is a word used to make women feel insane for knowing what they know.
Of course, some of the girl might have over-reacted when they saw their friends suffer an adverse reaction to the vaccine. Their is certainly enough evidence on the social media (where they get their information) that would support their concerns – but to write off a whole town of girls saying they were hysterical? However, I have heard from many mothers who were concerned about their HPV vaccinated daughter’s extreme change in behavior – almost psychosis with one young woman turning to cutting herself.
Many of the girls have been in the hospital since May – with different ailments… that is a long-lasting ‘hysteria’.
Women are judged – by our emotions, rage, reason, intuition – all a sign of HYSTERIA in a world that does not support a woman’s voice. This is the most egregious form of misogyny.
Mystery Illness In Colombia: No One Can Explain Why Over 200 Young Girls Have Fallen Ill In One Small Town
Over 200 girls living in El Carmen, Colombia have been in the hospital suffering from nausea, abdominal pain, and numbness in hands since May — and Juan Miguel Santos, the country’s president, said it’s probably mass hysteria.
Hysteria, as reported by Psychology Today, is also known as mass psychological illness. It’s a result of psychological stress and anxiety. Fainting and hyperventilation are common symptoms, affecting mostly children and teens, and cases of such date back to the Middle Ages.
More recently, hysteria was suspected in Le Roy, N.Y., when girls of the same age mysteriously fell ill back in 2012. The two situations are so similar that The Daily Beast reported Colombia has been considered to have a “Le Roy problem.” Coincidentally, like Le Roy, the Colombian village was introduced to a vaccine that helps to protect against human papilloma virus (HPV). Though harmful side effects of HPV vaccinations are extremely rare, they’re still possible. Just last month the shot was suspected to have killed a 12-year-old girl from Waukesha, Wis.
Could this hysteria really be a bad reaction to the vaccine? “We have invested $100 million into this vaccination program,” President Santos told Colombia Reports. “We are the leading country in vaccinating children. It contributes toward equality and public health so that the poor have the same opportunities as the rich.”
Of course, the president wouldn’t be the first to admit it. It’s just easier to write the girls off as severely stressed since stress is what a lot of teenagers do. According to the American Psychological Association, 31 percent of teens say their stress level has increased since 2013 while 83 percent cite school as significant source of stress.