The Curious Case of Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS)
By: Dylan Yap
I chose to do my health buzz on AHS, or Alien Hand Syndrome because I found it very alluring and thought it could be turned into an entertaining, educational presentation. This issue is important to me because there are a lot of smaller syndromes and disorders that not many people know or pay attention to, and I believe that this is one of them. This doesn’t and didn’t really affect me or any of my relatives (that I know of), but I just thought that it would be something that not many people knew about which is one of the reasons I chose to do this. I already knew the basic topics, (an uncontrollable hand due to a brain part not functioning correctly), but I didn’t know about how it could’ve been affecting any limb, how the corpus callosum worked, and a caboodle of other facts. This didn’t really connect to much of my previous learning in wellness (unless you count how internal organs like arteries and the brain are alike), but I already knew about some parts of the brain because of the workshop that we had at the start of the year talking about the brain of a teenager. As I said before, this doesn’t really relate to me or anyone I know, I just found it interesting. Although this can affect teenagers, Not many people are affected due to the rarity of this disorder (only 1 percent of Americans are affected by epilepsy, less than that has had surgery for it, less than that has had their corpus callosum removed, and even less than that receive these kinds of side-effects)
I learned a lot about this disorder, including:
- How it’s caused.
- The symptoms of it.
- How it affects teenagers.
- How common it is.
- If it can be cured.
- More negative effects on it
- A lot more facts that I didn’t know before.
This really expanded my learning because I wanted to learn more about the brain, and I was able to do so. I also wanted to study a really radical and unique topic, which lead me to this disorder, and now I know a lot about it. At first, I thought that alien hand syndrome was just a fascinating topic about an annoying hand, but I really learned about the danger and smartness of the other uncontrollable limb. I think that this disorder should be focused on more, although I believe that not a lot of research has been put into it because it’s a rare cause. I found it really surprising how the afflicted limb is capable of doing complex tasks, and also how dangerous alien hand syndrome can really be. My thinking has changed for all syndromes in general, which is that although a disorder may seem simple and only somewhat of an annoyance on the outside, there’s a whole new world of recorded interesting facts that people have done research on. Some people believe that alien hand syndrome is just about hands, and also that the limb is somewhat primal and not capable of doing complex tasks like unbuttoning shirts and turning on the lights. This issue has some problems, like how dangerous and confusing AHS is, as well as the fact that it is currently incurable, but some solutions to it are to keep yourself away from dangerous things and to take some medications (doctors have found out how to keep your affected limb temporarily at bay). This helped me learn lot more about the world of wellness, and how there is so much more riveting facts and details out there to learn. I also learned a lot about how wellness isn’t just about staying fit and healthy, but also an assemblage of other topics.
A Comic On Separate Brain Hemispheres
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