Woman suffering from rare disease wakes with British accent

Michelle

Michelle

"Everybody only sees or hears Mary Poppins", Myers told KNXV.

Former beauty queen Michelle Myers, from Buckeye, Arizona now speaks with a London accent - despite having never left the United States. "They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon", Myers said.

According to experts in the field, what she's suffering from is a very real thing and not fabricated in the least.

Rather than picking up the accent while studying overseas, the mum of seven suffers from a rare medical condition diagnosed as Foreign Accent Syndrome - a condition usually associated with neurological damage. It is possible that this might have led to Myers's unusual change in accents.

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Myers also suffers from a condition known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which could be linked with her transient accents, according to Daily News.

The condition was first documented in 1907, when a French neurologist saw a patient who suffered a stroke and suddenly began speaking with an Alsatian accent, a different region than where the man lived, Horton writes.

Since then, researchers have published more than 100 case studies of FAS.

In other cases, the syndrome may be exacerbated by an underlying psychiatric disease such as schizophrenia, but it is unclear if that illness on its own would be enough to trigger FAS. She's been diagnosed with Foreign Accent Syndrome. It's not clear if this has any connection with her accent change.

"I believe everything happens for a reason, so, maybe this happened because it helps me to break the ice with people", she said. "The person that I am now have been through a lot". "The person I am now has been through so much compared to this person". There have been cases where FAS has resolved on its own within a couple of months or years, but other cases have evolved and the condition can be permanent, as seems to be the case for Myers.

No, she's not insane. While the origins of her condition aren't now clear other than the connection to a chronic illness, she honestly doesn't care where the accent changes came from - only that she receives the help that she needs.

Arizona resident, Michelle Myers, has a condition doctors have identified as Foreign Accent Syndrome.

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", she said. "People like me - we don't care which one it is. We just want to be taken seriously", she said.

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