Rare Mental Disorders You Never Knew Existed

Jun 4, 2015 by

Rare mental disorders that frighten you

Mental disorders are often serious and very dangerous both for the patient and for those around them. There are some mental illnesses that are really frightening and terrify people. Fortunately, these mental illnesses are very rare.

cotard syndromeThe Cotard Syndrome (Zombies)

People who suffer from this rare and strange mental disease truly believe that they are dead. Some of them are convinced that they died and that their organs are gone. They consider themselves as zombies. The first patient who suffered from this syndrome was a woman called Miss X. Doctor Cotard identified her. She used to say that she was cursed forever and she denied having some organs. She thought that she would never die since she was already dead and because of that she refused to eat. She died after starving in the 19th century.

Capgras Syndrome– The closest people are impostors

Like the Cotard syndrome, this rare and mental disease affects the patients’ ability to recognize people’s faces. Because of that, they are sure that the people around them like friends and family have been replaced by impostors that want to hurt them.

shy bladder remediesShy Bladder Syndrome – Impossible to Urinate in Public

This is another odd, mental syndrome that appears in men and women of all ages. It’s said that people who suffer from Paruresis, known as shy bladder syndrome, can’t physically urinate in a public bathroom. This syndrome sounds harmless, but can be debilitating mentally, socially, and physically. Not allowing yourself to urinate when needed can harm the bladder and kidneys over time leading to other things like kidney disease! Currently, there is no “shy bladder cure” or “magic pill” for Paruresis sufferers and it’s said there is no known cure for Paruresis.

The Susac Syndrome- Memory resets at certain times

This syndrome inspired a movie called “50 first dates” with Drew Barrymore. This is a very rare and strange condition. The patient’s memory resets at a certain time. There are very few people suffering from this condition. There are only 250 people identified in the world so far.

For example, a girl from Great Britain can’t remember anything else but the last 24 hours. The hard part is that she waits every morning to see her boyfriend who really broke up with her 2 years before. Also, family photos and people around her make her very confused and they all give her headaches because it is very strange to see yourself in pictures you don’t recognize.

The 30 years old baby

A woman from Brazil was born with a serious condition which stopped her from growing up. Although she is not suffering from Progeria or other similar genetic diseases, the 32 years old woman never grew up.

Maria Audete continues to be a baby both from the physical and mental point of view. The doctors say that if her condition would have been discovered earlier she could have lived a normal life. Unfortunately, this never happened and now it is too late to do something about this.

The Moebius syndrome

The Moebius syndrome is a neurological disorder which in some cases is hereditary. It is characterized by the patients’ inability to have facial expressions. The patient can’t move their facial muscles: they can’t laugh, they can raise their eyebrows and they can’t even blink. These people can’t move their eyes from side to side and they find it very hard to even swallow their food.

All these rare conditions can frighten anyone but they are real and many of them are very hard to control or to cure.

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5 Rare and Unusual Mental Disorders

May 13, 2015 by

When it comes to mental health, some psychiatric cases can be so unusual and bizarre that they are difficult to comprehend. However, each day new and sometimes even unique mental disorders are discovered. Here is the list of five rare and unusual mental disorders. This list is an example how mental illnesses can play tricks on your mind and perception of the world that surrounds you, making it bizarre, and unusual, but most of all, making it difficult for you to live and function in such a world.

Capgras-syndromeCapgras Syndrome
This syndrome which often occurs in patients with schizophrenia, dementia, patients with epilepsy and even after brain injury, accounts for the patient’s delusional belief that the close people around them, usually acquaintances, friends or a spouse even, are replaced by an identical looking impostor or more of them. It is usually treated with cognitive treatments and antipsychotic medications.
Alien Hand Syndrome
While still being conscious that the hand is a part of their body and having perfectly normal sensations in the hand at question, the person afflicted by the alien hand syndrome believes that the hand has a mind of its own and loses the purposeful movement of the limb. The person who suffers from this syndrome believes that their limb is possessed by a spirit or an entity which controls the hand or the limb. This syndrome is usually caused by a stroke or brain damage and is a result of damage to the frontal or parietal lobes of the brain, and corpus callosum – part of the brain that connects two cerebral hemispheres.

maxresdefaultLima Syndrome
While many people have heard of the Stockholm syndrome, many people are not familiar with the Lima syndrome, which is its exact inverse. Lima syndrome got its name after the hostage crisis which took place in Lima, Peru, when kidnappers became sympathetic to their victims and released their captives. Sympathizing with victims can perhaps also be explained by intense feelings of guilt and second guessing one’s actions; however, it is also documented as a mental disorder that victimizers can go through.
Diogenes Syndrome
Characterized by social withdrawal and extreme self-neglect, Diogenes syndrome got its name after the Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope, a Cynic and Minimalist. Diogenes promoted his ideas of nihilism and animalism while famously living in a wine barrel on the streets of Athens. Diogenes syndrome is associated with dementia and is found mainly in the elderly, characterized by lack of shame, apathy, low or no personal hygiene, and compulsive hoarding of rubbish.

Causes and Perceptions of SchizophreniaThought insertion
Often a symptom of schizophrenia, thought insertion is a delusion the sufferer has about his very thoughts or not being their own but somebody else’s. In fact, the person will think that their thoughts are not coming from them and their thought processes, but that they are controlled and coming from another specific person or perhaps from an unknown a place.

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