The 10 weirdest known mental syndromes
Jul 15, 2021
The functioning of our nervous system is complex enough to give rise, in certain occasions when something does not work properly, to all kinds of syndromes that can be hard to believe.
Even though that him brain give us a unitary and meaningful conception about reality, sometimes certain alterations can make our way of perceiving things totally rip without us even giving ourselves account. This list with the rarer mental syndromes it serves as an example to check to what extent our nervous system is capable of entering into harmful dynamics without stopping functioning.
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10 rare mental syndromes
In turn, the knowledge and study of these rare syndromes can help to understand that pathological cases cannot be simply labeled with the label "madness" and that there are underlying norms and rules that can be studied to improve social integration and the quality of life of these people.
1. Crystal illusion
Within the so-called cultural syndromes
People who suffer from this psychiatric disorder they believe that they are made of this fragile material and that therefore they can be broken with the slightest blow. Despite having a lot of motives and reasons to think that their body is normal, they are not able to abandon this totally irrational belief.
This syndrome was much more frequent a few centuries ago, and the majority of cases occurred between the 15th and 18th centuries. In fact, Miguel de Cervantes used a protagonist suffering from this rare syndrome in his Exemplary novels, specifically in The lawyer Vidriera. However, some isolated cases of crystal illusion have now been observed.
2. Cotard syndrome
If it is considered one of the rarest mental syndromes, it is precisely because it is difficult to explain in words what those who suffer it feel.
People with Cotard syndrome they believe they are dead or belong to a plane of reality that does not correspond to that of other people and objects. Classically, these people deny the existence of their body as something alive or belonging to the same category as their mind. Thus, they may believe that their flesh is rotting, that their internal organs are disappearing, or that in some figurative way they themselves have ceased to exist.
We delve into this strange syndrome: "Cotard syndrome: living people who believe they are dead"
3. Bálint syndrome
A rare syndrome in which the patient you experience severe disturbances in the processing of the images you see and in the coordination of your movements.
Specifically, three categories of symptoms have been described: the impossibility of processing the images as a whole, the problems coordinating arm movements according to what is being viewed, and problems moving the arms eyes. This means, for example, that someone with Bálint syndrome will be able to see a person if they are close, but will not know if they are next to them or a few meters other side of a window, since you will not be able to see the image as a whole but each of its parts by separated.
Similarly, you will only be able to grasp an object you are viewing in your hand after many attempts and thanks largely to chance.
4. Alice in Wonderland syndrome
Like the protagonist of Lewis Carroll's novel, people with this rare syndrome experience alterations in space-time... or at least that is what happens in your consciousness.
They may believe that certain objects are much larger or smaller than they really are, or that time ceases to be governed by its traditional rules in certain places or times.
5. Anton's syndrome
The Anton's syndrome is a variant of cortical blindness in which the patient acts as if she can see.
Although your eyes work well and the pupils react to variations in light, the back of the brain (occipital lobes) does not work well and the data that arrive from the optic nerves are not processed to form an image, which does not prevent certain areas of the brain from acting as if they were receiving that image information.
Due, people suffering from this rare syndrome deny the evidence that they see nothing, which leads them to formulate all kinds of explanations to justify their continuous stumbles and failures when it comes to detecting people and objects.
6. Capgras syndrome
One of the rarest syndromes, since affects subjective and emotional aspects of our way of reacting to the presence of others.
People who experience Capgras delusion they believe that certain people, usually friends or relatives, have been replaced by imposters, although there are no objective reasons to support such a hypothesis. In this way, they are able to recognize the body, face and way of dressing of, for example, their own father, but will deny that his identity is true and will react with hostility view.
It is a syndrome related to Prosopagnosia, although the latter has a cognitive component.
7. Alien hand syndrome
In people with Alien Hand Syndrome, those affected see how one of his hands seems to act of its own free will, without consciousness itself having any role in defining the intentions and movements of this part of the body.
This is often accompanied by the feeling that the hand does not belong to oneself, but to some other foreign entity. These symptoms are part of a very rare neurological disease, but curiously it came to light in the movie Dr. Strangelove, in which Peter Sellers played an antagonist whose hand seemed to take on a life of its own, which served for this set of symptoms to be called with frequency Dr. Strangelove syndrome.
8. Othello syndrome
This is another one of those rare syndromes in which delusions and strange ideas about everyday reality take center stage.
Specifically, people who experience the Othello syndrome they think that their partners are being unfaithful, and for this they rely on the strangest hypotheses and the most insignificant details. It may seem like a caricature of an extreme case of jealousy, but the truth is that it is a psychopathology with very serious consequences both for the person who suffers it and for their environment near.
9. Münchhausen syndrome
People with this syndrome they pretend to be sick so that others can take care of them. In some cases, they can even inflict all kinds of wounds and injuries to become patients.
This behavior is part of the need to assume the role of someone who constantly needs special care, and all this through the pathological lies.
10. Fregoli syndrome
One of the rarer mental syndromes is Fregoli syndrome, in which the patient believes that different people are actually one.
That is, he has the feeling that one or more people have the ability to change their appearance to meet him under different disguises. Fregoli Syndrome is accompanied by thoughts of a paranoid type and persecutory mania that are derived from this strange sensation.