It Is Difficult To Distinguish Between Fantasy And Reality?

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Previously, my name is Ayu. I am 18 years old. I want to ask about Alice in Wonderland syndrome. I got to know the syndrome from a film called Killer Toon. It is told in the film that the main character who is a comic maker is diagnosed by a doctor with the syndrome. He said, this syndrome is usually suffered by story writers. R nI actually do not really know what Alice in Wonderland syndrome is, because I happen to be a writer myself and I am a bit curious so I did not do further research on the syndrome. But recently I have experienced things that make me confused. Confused in distinguishing whether what I was experiencing was a dream or really reality, as experienced by the characters in the film that I mentioned above. Sometimes I feel like it’s so real that I ask the person in question, but it turns out it’s only in my dream. For example, if I dreamed that A was sending me negative texts until I got hurt. When I woke up I asked the A about it, but apparently he didn’t send me any text. There are also several similar incidents that I have experienced so that I am confused about whether it is a dream or a reality. Is the above symptoms that I am a person who has Alice in Wonderland syndrome? What steps should I take?

1 Answer:

Hello Danu,


It seems that the description you are telling is not suitable for Alice in Wonderland Syndrome (AIWS). AIWS itself is actually associated with Alice's experience in the book Alice in Wonderland, where Alice sees the world change when she enters a rabbit hole, including herself who becomes small so that she can enter the world in the rabbit hole that is told or she becomes very large. so that it can take the key on a very high table. The book is fiction, but experiences of changing perceptions like Alice's can be experienced by some people. For example, at certain times someone can see a changing color, things move by themselves, a straight line becomes wavy and so on. Usually, AIWS is experienced by people who experience migraine or epilepsy.


When a person experiences an AIWS episode, the symptoms they experience include:



Limbs or objects around them can appear larger, smaller, closer, farther than they really are
Lines that look straight become wavy
A still object appears to be moving
People's face looks distorted / stretched out (streched out)

Feel the times change



AIWS is associated with symptoms before, during or after a migraine, but it can also occur in people who have epilepsy, stroke, depression or schizophrenia.


If you only refer to your story, it seems that you have not experienced this AIWS. In fact, delusion is something that is not dangerous, in fact, most innovative inventions or brilliant works of origin originate from fantasy. A dangerous delusion is when a person finds it difficult to distinguish between his fantasies and reality and believes in these delusions. If the symptoms you feel if you interfere with your activities, you should consult a psychiatrist for further tests.


Also read: Difficult to Distinguish Fantasy and Reality


dr. Mega

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