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The Green Room: Diagnosing Liam

April 12th, 2011 by Ben Collins Editor

CNN.com has some news about a disease that’s confusing parents nationwide. And, due to its remarkably vague wording, it sounds like a lot of fun!

A bizarre, but thankfully, rare disorder has received a lot of press in the past few months and one of my patients asked me about it this week worried that her son was sleeping too much and that he had “that sleeping sickness.”

Kleine-Levin syndrome is marked by recurrent periods of excessive sleepiness during which the patient can sleep for 24-48 hours, compulsive eating, hypersexuality, and almost all patients have cognitive and mood dysfunction.

Yep, it’s a disease with a lot of research behind it and you can even donate to try to get to the bottom of it. Help out if you can!

But that CNN.com paragraph describes, exactly, what it’s like being a teenager on a Saturday.

Granted, if I remember correctly, being a teenager on a Saturday shares a lot of traits with having the flu. But it was just all of the fun parts of having the flu.

So, of course, this is effectively scaring countless well-intentioned parents in the CNN.com comments section.

Sonia at April 12, 2011 at 16:35

my son *** ***** (Ed. note: She actually gives his full name!) is 16 n we know that teens sleeps alot but it worries me when he is in adad moon or angry most of the time he doesnt do homewrk cus he says his tired all times n sleeps all day his a house kid n dont give me know problems.

Sorry, Sonia, but your kid sounds—dare we say—a little awesome. In fact, he reminded us of an SNL character we love.

So forgive us, CNN.com doctor, if all we thought of when we read your article was Liam, The Teenager Who Just Woke Up.

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