As you may know, zombies are everywhere these days, people cannot seem to get enough of those flesh eating undead monsters. We see them in video games, television shows, and they are one of the most common things to be for Halloween.
That being said did you know there is a very real mental illness associated with zombies? This is something known as Cotard’s syndrome, more commonly known as walking corpse syndrome. People with this condition suffer from a wide range of delusions. This could be anything from believing that they have no organs to thinking they are really dead even though they are still breathing.
A study from Hong Kong suggests that the condition actually afflicts about 0.57 percent of the population. This syndrome is most often found in people who are already dealing with some sort of mood or psychotic disorder. It was first described and later named after a French neurologist, Jules Cotard back in 1880. He had a patient who was nicknamed Mademoiselle X that believed she was missing her brain, chest, stomach, and intestines. She believed that because she ‘didn’t have insides’ she did not need to eat and died of starvation.
According to Medical Daily, there has been a more recent case of this illness. A man named Graham has been living with this illness for little over nine whole years. His condition came about through his battle with depression, and after trying to commit suicide he told doctors he believed that his brain was either dead or missing. Symptoms of this illness can vary greatly from person to person but all seem similar in a sense.
Graham’s PET scans seem to be quite interesting as well. According to Steven Laureys at the University of Liege Belgium Graham’s brain functioning resembled that of someone during anesthesia or sleep yet he was awake. His experiences did not move him at all, and he was and still is living in a limbo state.
For this illness, it has been shown that therapy along with antidepressants and antipsychotics can help control the symptoms, but there needs to me much more research before a real set in stone treatment is found. For more on this interesting illness take a look at the video below.