Paris has Japanese tourists running to the Shrink

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Just for the record, we're talking about Paris the city, not Paris the celebutante. According to a new Reuters report, every year about a dozen Japanese tourists suffer from "Paris syndrome"-- a condition requiring psychological treatment after the realities of visiting Paris conflict with their romanticized expectations. According to psychologist Yousef Mahmoudia, "A third of patients get better immediately, a third suffer relapses and the rest have psychoses." Apparently, the syndrome affects fragile travelers who expect a "dream" of a city, and are jarred by rude locals and dirty streets. So, how bad are the effects? This year Paris syndrome led one man to believe he was Louis XIV, and convinced another she was being attacked by microwaves. For more on the condition, click here.

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October 24, 2006 - 7:41am
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