dern I was modifying my post and ran out of time so here it is again.
as I mentioned in the update a few messages up in September, the girls are all fine once they went through the appropriate counseling. the parents didn't even want to speak with the media as it "was over and done with"
I realize this thread is from a year ago, but I also wanted to chime in. While I feel that conversion disorders can and do happen a lot of what I read about this also strikes me to believe that some of these gals are suffering from PANDAS. I am not the only person to feel that. I won't post my conspiracy theories and what not, but I do find some of their symptoms interesting given that their are true neurological diseases that go along with them.
This story was in oue local news A LOT last year. the girls went through blood tests for infectious diseases at the time. From reading on a PANDA site strep seems
to be the usual cause
of PANDAS and it isn't an odd bloodtest. My youngest had the test done by the pediatrician a few weeks back because strep can move throughout the system cause neuro, kidney and joint issues. Doc was worried the strep could be at the crux of her issue. Turns out the blood strep test was negative.
Once the girls got into the counseling, the symptoms disappeared. I know from reading those saying it was PANDAS the girls had, say that it wouldn't be unusal to see improvment with counseling because PANDAS sort of comes and goes depending on some factors. Sounds a little convienient to me, but hey, what do I know??? However from my reading of PANDAS, it is, itself, fairly controverisal and it has not been validated as a disease entity; it isn't even listed in the DSM or the ICD.
so there is little DOUBT in my mind that these young ladies (minus the few that acutally had an existing neuro disorder) suffered from conversion disorder.