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Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 144) Last page : ( 148)
Print ISSN : 2394-2053. Online ISSN : 2394-2061.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2394-2061.2018.00028.9

Mass psychogenic illness among school children: a descriptive study of demographic and clinical variables

Ghosh Prosenjit*

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Silchar Medical College, Silchar, Assam, India

*Correspondence: Dr. Prosenjit Ghosh, Parijat Apartment, House No. 2B1D, College Road, Ambicapatty, Silchar-788004, Assam, India. p_ghosh72@yahoo.com

Online published on 18 July, 2018.

Abstract

Background

Mass psychogenic illness are reported from across various parts of the world since a long time. The symptoms are varied and may mimic the established diagnostic category like conversion or dissociative disorders.

Methodology

All the affected students were assessed using a semi-structured proforma.

Results

Descriptive statistics were used for fifteen students of a high school who developed dissociative trance and possession symptoms in rapid succession with significant impairment.

Discussion

The majority of the students were from rural background and had history of childhood trauma. The affected students could be clearly divided into two groups on the basis of symptomatology, level of impairment, and religious belief.

Conclusion

Prompt intervention and responsible media coverage could help in terminating the episode.

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Keywords

Trance. Possession. Dissociative Disorders.

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