Article by: Sneha Singha, The North-Eastern Chronicle
Visual by: Abiskar Banikya
The human brain is a complicated and imperfect apparatus capable of amazing things. Have any of you ever considered that psychology is the brain’s attempt to comprehend itself? Isn’t it a little strange?
When the brain malfunctions, it produces strange chemical reactions that have severe consequences in our life. Mental disorders, are the names given to these side effects, some of which are more frequent than others.
We all have the idea that our lives are pitiful. But did you know that some people can’t tell if they’re dead or alive? Or, even worse, they are unable to make a decision? There are a variety of odd, unusual, and difficult-to-accept psychiatric illnesses.
They have the ability to make you believe your genitals are shrinking or that your best buddy has been replaced with an impostor. After reading the following, you will feel grateful since your life is merely pitiful and nothing worse.
Alien hand syndrome is an uncommon neurological disease in which one hand acts independently of the other. One leg may be affected in certain cases, but this is less common.
The hand in alien hand syndrome is not controlled by the mind and moves as if it has its own mind. During these episodes, the afflicted hand seems strange to its owner and appears to move purposefully to do activities that are unfamiliar to it.
Dr. Strangelove syndrome, Strangelovian hand, or anarchic hand are all terms used to describe this condition.
Cotard delusion, also known as Walking Corpse Syndrome, was first recognised in 1882 by Dr. Jules Cotard, a French neurologist and psychiatrist.
It’s also known as nihilistic delusion, walking corpse syndrome, or Cotard’s syndrome. It includes a variety of psychotic delusions, ranging from a person’s conviction that all of their internal organs have been removed to their confidence that they are dead.
People can experience any sort of illusion, but there is a common element with Cotard delusions: a solid feeling that a portion or all of your body is dead or decaying. It’s unclear how many people are affected by this perplexing condition, but it’s certainly not widespread.
Denial of pregnancy, denial of their own name or age, denial of their ability to walk or eat, and/or denial of the presence of their parents, spouses, children, or even the world at large are among the other delusions described by Cotard delusion sufferers.
Here a person feels that their loved ones or other people they know have been replaced by imposters or doubles. Nothing can change this notion because it is so real.
Capgras syndrome, or Capgras delusion, is another term for imposter syndrome, which was named after a doctor who treated a patient with it over a century ago.
It has been described in psychiatric and neurological (neurodegenerative and nonneurodegenerative) diseases. There are several risk factors for Capgras syndrome, including dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Some people get it after taking a lot of recreational drugs or drinking a lot of alcohol. Others have experienced health concerns such as a low thyroid, another metabolic disorder, or a nutritional deficit, such as a vitamin B12 deficiency.
A native language speaker may begin to sound like someone who speaks the language as a second or third language as a result of this situation. Foreign accent syndrome is usually caused by a central nervous system damage.
However, psychogenic foreign accent syndrome, a variation of this diagnosis, causes a person to talk with a foreign accent for psychological rather than physiological reasons.
A person with foreign accent syndrome speaks in their own language but with a foreign accent. The accent doesn’t change much over time and isn’t anything the individual is “faking.”
People with foreign accent syndrome may not be able to completely imitate the accent they are imitating in their speech.
The alterations in their speech, on the other hand, tend to be very constant. People don’t usually alter accents or have an accent just on occasion.
Koro syndrome is a culturally linked disease marked by acute worry over the penis ,vulva or nipples in females shrinking or retracting and receding into the body.
It is most commonly found in epidemics in Southeast Asia, and it is exceedingly unusual in western nations. The disorder is categorised as Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders and is more frequent in men.