3 Rare Diseases in Korean Drama – Korean drama lovers are treated to many titles with storytelling backgrounds that make people interested in watching.
In addition to scenes full of uwu-ness that make children’s hearts melt today, there are not a few Korean dramas that talk about a rare disease that the main character suffers from, which may still sound foreign to ordinary people.
Even though the story is about a rare disease, the great people behind the Korean drama can package it so well that the audience indirectly becomes aware of the condition.
Here’s a list of rare diseases that appear in Korean dramas and their explanations
1. Mysophobia – Clean with Passion for Now
Try pointing your excited finger while watching Clean with Passion for Now. The romantic-comedy (romcom) Korean drama, starring Yoon Kyun-sang and Kim Yoo-Jung, successfully stole the hearts of many viewers in mid-2018.
The 16-episode drama, which is currently available on Vidio.com, tells the story of Jan Seon-girl (Yoon Kyun-sang), ahead at a cleaning company that suffers from Mysophobia.
Because of this condition, Jan Seon-guy is so afraid of germs, bacteria, or something dirty.
He was so paranoid that he refused to touch anything that someone else had touched. Jan Seon-girl wants to always look clean, so there shouldn’t be single dirt around him.
This fear is seen in many scenes where Jan Seon-girl always sprays cleaning fluid, even when someone else is beside him.
Mysophobia or phobia of germs refers to an unhealthy fear of contamination.
It is natural and normal for someone to worry about problems related to cross-contamination that occurs in other people’s food, body fluids, or simply adopting clean and healthy lifestyles.
However, when someone suffers from Mysophobia like Jan Seon-guys, those worries turn into paranoia which is quite ‘burdening’.
Quoted from the Very Well Mind website on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, this one phobia is quite common and affects people from all walks of life.
Mysophobia is like OCD
At first glance, Mysophobia is similar to OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), because they are both afraid of contamination. One of the common symptoms of the two conditions is similar, namely frequent hand washing.
However, the motivation to wash hands is different among people with Mysophobia and OCD.
People with OCD are forced to relieve the distress they experience as a result of not completing the action themselves, while people with Mysophobia are forced to complete specific actions to eliminate germs.
If a person has Mysophobia, the person experiences certain symptoms when exposed to dirt or bacteria, including:
– Heart beating fast
These symptoms may occur only when the object of the phobia is seen, such as while gardening or when you believe that germ contact is taking place. For example, after shaking hands with someone or using a doorknob.
2. Prosopagniosa – The Beauty Inside
The Beauty Inside, a Korean drama made by JTBC that skyrocketed in the same year as Clean with Passion for Now, also tells about a person who suffers from a rare condition.
Han Se Gae (Seo Hyun Jin), a famous actress is told to live in strange conditions. He can change his appearance at any time.
Han Se Gae can turn into a foreigner, a child, to an old woman.
He then meets Seo Do Jae (Lee Min-Ki), an airplane company director who turns out to have prosopagnosia.
If Han Se Gae always changes his face and behavior, Seo Do Jae is unable to recognize faces because of his condition.
Prosopagnosia exists in the real world
Seo Do Jae’s rare condition seems to only exist in Korean dramas, but in fact, Prosopagnosia exists in the real world.
Prosopagnosia, as quoted from the Very Weel Health website on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, is also known as face blindness. People with this condition are said to be unable to identify members of their close friends, even their own family.
Prosopagnosia patients are forced to develop different ways of identifying people.
About 100 cases of Prosopagnosia have been documented worldwide in the medical literature. However, scientists at Harvard University’s Center for Prosopagnosia Research and University College, London, have questioned whether the disorder is that rare or not.
Between the Center’s research and research from the Institute of Human Genetics in Germany, scientists now believe that this condition is much more common. Both suggest that about 2 percent of the general population may have some degree of prosopagnosia.
There are two types of prosopagnosia, congenital prosopagnosia, and accidental prosopagnosia.
Some people are born with this condition. Children born with congenital prosopagnosia may not realize their inability to recognize faces until they are adults and old.
Some researchers believe that congenital prosopagnosia is not caused by structural differences in the brain or brain damage, but that it runs in families.
Congenital prosopagnosia can also occur in children with autism. The inability to recognize faces can cause or contribute to their impaired social skills.
Prosopagnosia due to accident
Prosopagnosia can also occur after brain damage from a head injury, stroke, or neurodegenerative disease.
Individuals with this type of prosopagnosia were previously able to recognize faces. After suffering from Prosopagnosia, they can’t regain this ability.
3. Hyperthymesia – Find Me in Your Memory
The Korean drama titled Find Me in Your Memory, aired in 2020, tells the story of a man who cannot forget an incident, and a woman who cannot remember an event that she has experienced.
Told Lee Jung-hoon (Kim Dong Wook), a newsreader who is quite influential in South Korea, was sentenced to suffer from Hyperthymesia Syndrome.
A condition that makes Anchor-nim unable to forget the events that happened in his life. Including when he saw his lover died because he was killed.
Because of his Hyperthymesia Syndrome, Lee Jung-hoon has a hard time opening his heart to other women because he still can’t forget the bitter events that happened to his ex-lover.
When Yeo Ha-jin, a rising artist, tried to approach him, Lee Jung-hoon tried his best to stay away.
Yeo Ha-jin who suffers from the condition of being unable to remember anything related to her past due to an accident tries hard to get close to Lee Jung-hoon.
When they finally got close, Lee Jung-hoon promised to help Yeo Ha-jin remember all the events that had happened. Vice versa.
About Hyperthymesia Syndrome
Citing the Medical News Today website, Hyperthymesia Syndrome is often referred to as highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM) or superior memory syndrome.
A 2017 study stated that people with a condition similar to Lee Jung-hoon’s character can accurately remember many events that have occurred in their lives.
Because of their superiority, they easily remember the date and time of the incident. It was also seen when viewers of the Korean drama Find Me in Your Memory were taken to Lee Jung-hoon’s childhood.
There are only 61 people in the world
According to Jamaica Hospital, in the new world, 61 people experience this disorder. And the BBC once reported a case of an Australian writer, Rebecca Sharrock, who remembered being wrapped in a pink blanket when she was seven days old.
He could even read passages from Harry Potter without forgetting a word. However, there were side effects that he received. He always complained of headaches, insomnia, and tired quickly.