Docs identify fainting of girl students as ‘mass hysteria’

Parasi, July 3: Doctors have identified the reason of a group of 15 girl students passing out suddenly at Ratanpur, Nawalparasi last Monday as mass hysteria.

Mass hysteria is a physical and psychological condition marked by frenzy of irrational behavior in a group of people, especially those of school-going age, as a reaction to an event.

The girl students, who were attending a programme at a local school, started fainting at once, citing that they felt hurt in chest and stomach.

Among the 15 fainted, four were rushed to the nearest hospital the next day while others received treatment from local shamans, according to Baijunath Gupta, Principal of Shankhadev Lower-Secondary School in the district.

As the situation of those students did not gain normalcy until Wednesday, they were again admitted to another hospital in the locality where the doctors diagnosed their condition due to ‘mass hysteria’, shared Principal Gupta.