This documentary features exclusive interviews and archive footage to explore the “outbreak” of Tourettes that hit a group fo school girls in Le Roy, New York in 2011. This group of girls, all from the same high school, suddenly developed symptoms that looked like Tourette’s syndrome: facial twitching, violent limb gestures and uncontrollable verbal outbursts. Some doctors believed they were victims of conversion disorder, where real physical symptoms – in this case tics – are triggered not by a physical cause, but by psychological trauma. However within a few months, the stunned community watched up to 18 students get sick and the diagnosis became ‘mass hysteria,’ formally known as ‘mass psychogenic illness’, where symptoms spread among vulnerable people in close proximity. As a cry for help, the girls went on national TV and their story caused a global media frenzy.
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