The Arizona woman says she has gone to bed with extreme headaches in the past, and woken up speaking with what sounds like a foreign accent.
Rare as it can be, a woman from Texas suffering debilitating headaches woke up with a British accent. As far as doctors can tell, it's also this syndrome that caused her to take on different accents after she fell asleep with a headache.
On an unlucky day in 1941, at the height of World War II, a piece of shrapnel pierced the brain of a Norwegian woman known as Astrid L. The injury occurred during a raid in her German-occupied country, and when she regained consciousness, she spoke with the accent of the enemy.
"They send in the psychiatrist at hospital and make sure you're not a loon", says Myers. After about a week it seemed to correct itself on its own, but months later another headache brought about an Australian accent.
In Myers's case, the symptom was a severe headache.
According to The University of Texas, FAS is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a "foreign" accent. In most cases, the precursor is either a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, when the brain regions linked with speech are harmed.
Myers's situation is especially peculiar since her accent doesn't sound like a speech disruption-on the contrary, it comes across as quite refined. Myers also suffers from a condition that causes bruising and painful joints.
"Who would do this for attention?"
"I feel like a different person", Myers said. "The person that I am now have been through a lot".
But she's not insane and she's not faking it, according to her doctors.
"She complained bitterly of constantly being taken for a German in the shops, where consequently the assistants would sell her nothing", neurologist Georg Herman Monrad-Krohn wrote in the first detailed case report on Foreign Accent Syndrome.