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Not So Rare But Rarely Diagnosed: From Demonic Possession to Anti-NMDA...

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Throughout the ages, convulsions, contortions of the body and face, including the tongue, super-human strength, catatonic periods, long periods of wakefulness or sleep, insensitivity to pain, speaking in tongues, and a predilection for self-injurious behaviours have all been offered as physical evidence of possession. The modern day interpretation, however, comes with a plot twist befitting a media spectacle. There is growing consensus in the medical community that many prior accounts of ‚Äúdemonic possession‚ÄĚ may have represented original accounts of what is now broadly known as autoimmune encephalitis.