Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AIWS) is a rare neurological condition that affects perception, causing distortions of visual perception, body image, space and time. It is named after the famous storybook “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, as Alice experienced similar symptoms in the story.
The exact prevalence of AIWS is not known, but it is considered a rare condition. It is estimated to affect less than 1% of the population. However, because many cases may go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, the actual prevalence may be higher.
AIWS can occur in individuals of any age, but it is most commonly reported in children and young adults. The condition can be associated with a variety of underlying medical conditions, including migraines, epilepsy, infections, and brain tumors. It can also be triggered by certain medications or substance abuse.
If you suspect that you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of AIWS, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.