Foreign Accent Syndrome: Arizona woman awakes with a British accent

Foreign Accent Syndrome: Arizona woman awakes with a British accent

Myers told KNXV that she is trying to maintain a positive attitude and just wants to be taken seriously since she is aware of how her condition sounds to others.

Myers said the accent issue has come up three times in the past seven years. In 2010, a woman in Virginia reportedly spoke with a Russian accent after she fell down the stairs and hit her head, says The Washington Post. The British accent is the latest in her freaky string of voice changes after she fell asleep with a headache, and she's understandably frustrated.

Michelle Myers claims she has a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome which causes her to "sleep with a headache and wake up sounding like Mary Poppins". A headache left her speaking gibberish for a couple of days before her accent shifted.

According to The University of Texas, FAS is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a "foreign" accent.

Meyers said she is prone to the condition since she suffers from Ehlers-Danlos, a syndrome which causes chronic pain and bruising.

FAS is extremely rare and usually appears as a effect of a stroke, brain damage, and in Meyers' case, underlying medical issues. Symptoms of this condition range from mildly loose joints to life-threatening complications.

Foreign Accent Syndrome: Arizona woman awakes with a British accent
Foreign Accent Syndrome: Arizona woman awakes with a British accent

"Who would do this for attention?" "I feel like a different person". "We just really want to be taken seriously and if it is something that's going to hurt me, help me". "The person that I am now have been through a lot".

Doctors believe the unusual occurrence is linked to the severe headaches Myers was experiencing at the time, she told ABC affiliate KNXV.

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

Speech changes such as consonant substitution, voicing errors, vowel distortions, and prolongations are associated with FAS.

The first documented case of FAS was reported in 1997 and since then doctors know of only about 100 cases. In 2016, Lisa Alamia from Texas found her accent has changed to British after waking up from a jaw surgery.

"I have been diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines - meaning my headaches are accompanied by temporary weakness on one side of the body and numbness", she said.

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