Foreign Accent Syndrome: Arizona woman awakes with a British accent

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So when she one day addressed her family with a British accent, despite spending her life in Texas and Arizona, everyone took it as a joke.

Three times in the past seven years, Myers has gone to sleep with blinding headaches only to wake up with a different accent. She previously awoke from a pounding headache with an Irish lilt and later with an Australian accent. "They send in the psychiatrist at the hospital and make sure you're not a loon". With such a rare condition, many people are quick to judge and label her as "crazy" or "faking" the fact that her speaking mannerisms changed so drastically after she fell asleep with a headache.

Experts have diagnosed her with Foreign Accent Syndrome, an extremely rare condition that usually accompanies a stroke, neurological damage or another underlying medical issue.

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

Myers suggests her diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which caused her chronic pain from childhood into adulthood, could have triggered her accent change.

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She's loves spending time with her seven kids, listening to them sing and play instruments.

It's not the first time that her accent changed overnight. The disorder typically occurs after strokes or traumatic brain injuries damage the language center of a person's brain - to the degree that their native language sounds like it is tinged with a foreign accent, according to the Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. She now says the accent may actually be a good thing.

Because this is such a rare condition, treatments are also lacking.

FAS is extremely rare and usually appears as a outcome of a stroke, brain damage, and in Meyers' case, underlying medical issues.

In 2016, Lisa Alamia, a Rosenberg woman started sounding British after waking up from jaw surgery.

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She said it's hard to watch old videos of herself speaking normally. "The person that I am now have been through a lot".

Myers' chief concern is that she be taken seriously by those in her life.

She continued: "At first, they thought I was just joking around, because I am a amusing person. And if I say unusual things like 'I'm just going to the loo, ' it's really weird, as I sound just like a Brit".

"Some people think it's physiological; others think it's psychological", Myers was quoted as saying in the report.

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