AIWS (Alice in Wonderland Syndrome) is a rare neurological condition that can cause people to perceive objects or their own bodies as being distorted in size, shape, or distance. The exact cause of AIWS is not fully understood, but it is believed to be related to abnormal activity in certain areas of the brain, particularly the occipital and temporal lobes.
AIWS has been associated with a number of different triggers, including:
- Migraine headaches: AIWS is commonly reported by people who experience migraines, especially those with a history of aura or visual disturbances.
- Infectious illnesses: Some cases of AIWS have been linked to viral infections such as Epstein-Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, or influenza.
- Psychoactive drugs: Certain drugs, such as LSD, psilocybin, and mescaline, can cause hallucinations and perceptual distortions that resemble AIWS.
- Epilepsy: Seizures in the temporal lobe of the brain can sometimes cause AIWS symptoms.
- Sleep deprivation: Sleep disturbances or prolonged wakefulness can trigger AIWS in some people.
It’s important to note that not everyone who experiences these triggers will develop AIWS, and the condition can also occur spontaneously without an obvious trigger. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of AIWS, it is important to seek medical attention to rule out any underlying medical conditions and receive appropriate treatment.