Waking up one morning and having a different accent?
As strange as it seems, it can happen. It is called “Foreign Accent Syndrome”.
The first case was recorded in 1944, when a Norwegian woman was sent into a coma by an artillery strike and after awakening she began to speak with such a strong German accent that she was mistaken as a German spy.
Foreign Accent Syndrome is a rare neurological disorder, only 60 cases in the 70 years since its discovery. It is also still highly debated, some scientists think it is not a “real” disease.
Patients affected by this condition do not immediately recognize the accent change, but it is other people who point it to them and sometimes this neurological dysfunction is so serious that it causes identity disorders.
There is still no cure, but patients are treated with psychiatric drugs and sessions by the speech therapist.
The main causes are stroke, severe trauma to the brain or diseases such as multiple sclerosis or diseases that damage the left side of the brain, where there are the areas for the pronunciation of words.
Scientists have also found that some psychological factors can cause this disease, such as anxiety or depression.