The first thing you need to know about Marie Antoinette Syndrome (MAS) is that it’s real. It exists, and it does exist. But there are two things that make it different than other mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. First of all, unlike those disorders, which have been scientifically proven to exist, no one really knows what causes MAS. Second of all, unlike those disorders, which affect only certain individuals at a time and then disappear after they die, MAS affects everyone. And while some people may experience symptoms like paranoia or delusions when exposed to extreme stress or even just being around someone with the condition, others don’t. So if you do get diagnosed with MAS, you’re not necessarily going to suddenly start killing yourself.
There are many theories about what causes MAS, but none of them are 100% accurate. Some say it’s genetic; others believe it’s psychological; still others think it’s both biological and psychological. Whatever the cause, there is no denying that people who suffer from this condition tend to act very strangely — sometimes violently — when under pressure or stress.
Spotting the difference between someone with MAS and someone who’s just eccentric or strange is difficult. Sometimes you can tell if someone has a serious mental illness (schizophrenia, for example), but most of the time you can’t. The condition has no outward symptoms. So unless you catch someone suffering a full-blown episode of paranoia or delusion, there’s no way to tell if someone has it. And even if you do see an episode, you can’t be sure that person has MAS.
The reason for this is because paranoid ramblings or delusions aren’t always caused by a mental illness. If you were to suddenly face severe stress, you might start to question your surroundings or lose touch with reality a little too. That’s just how the human brain works; it goes into overdrive so you can escape an attack or, in more peaceful situations, daydream a little bit. But no matter how many mental illnesses or disorders there are in the world, they’re all caused by the same mechanism: the brain.
If you were to look at the brain of a person with MAS, you wouldn’t find anything different from a “normal” brain. The difference is something that’s going on inside the organ rather than something you can see. Basically, the paranoia that people with MAS feel is caused by a tiny chemical imbalance in the brain. It’s nothing that can be cured with medication, either, since that just masks the problem rather than dealing with it directly.
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