Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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Walking Corpse Syndrome

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 People who suffer from Walking Corpse or  Cotard's Syndrome have the delusional belief that they are dead, do not exist, are putrefying, or have lost their blood or internal organs. There may also be sensory hallucinations, for instance, they might think that they smell of rotting flesh. The disorder tends to occur intermittently rather than being chronic and may be a feature of mood disorder, schizophrenia or organic disorders.

" The Cotard delusion or Cotard’s syndrome is named after Jules Cotard (1840–1889), a French neurologist. Its more dramatic name is ‘walking corpse syndrome and it is characterized by the presence of nihilistic delusional ideation.
Cotard first described the syndrome, calling it le délire de négation, at a lecture in Paris in 1880 whereupon he described ‘Mademoiselle X’ patient who denied the existence of God, the Devil, several parts of her body, and also her need to eat. Later she believed she was eternally damned and could no longer die a natural death. She eventually died of starvation. "


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