10 More Bizarre Mental Disorders
If you have
suffered from any of these illnesses, or know of people who have, it would
be great to hear about your experiences. Most of these are very rare,
but a number of them are surprisingly common.
suffering from this disorder experiences the sensation that a missing
limb (or even organ, such as the appendix) is still present on the body.
50 - 80% of people who have had an amputation experience this disorder.
The sufferer will very often feel pain and discomfort in the phantom limb.
Some sufferers can feel their phantom limbs gesticulating while they talk,
and others believe that the limb is acting independently of their will.
This disorder is often treated with Virtual Reality therapy.
as Amputee Identity Disorder, this illness causes a person to wish to
have a healthy part of their body amputated. In some cases, the sufferer
has gone so far as to amputate their own limbs. Some sufferers also have
sexual fetishes involving amputees. Some surgeons have actually amputated
a limb for a person suffering this disorder, but it is a highly controversial
move and most doctors use similar treatments to those used for phantom
is a condition involving compulsive lying by a person with no obvious
motivation. The affected person might believe their lies to be truth,
and may have to create elaborate myths to reconcile them with other facts.
A pathological liar is someone who often embellishes his or
her stories in a way that he or she believes will impress people. It may
be that a pathological liar is different from a normal liar in that a
pathological liar believes the lie he or she is telling to be true at
least in public and is playing the role.
is a type of monothematic delusion where one suddenly denies ownership
of a limb or an entire side of ones body. For example, a patient might
believe that his own arm would belong to the doctor, or that another patient
left it behind. It can sometimes be treated by vestibular caloric stimulation
(squirting warm water into the patients ear in a specific way),
although most sufferers will not be aware of this and may request amputation,
which is almost always denied as amputating a healthy limb would be a
basic violation of the Hippocratic Oath.
syndrome is a psychiatric disorder in which those affected fake disease,
illness, or psychological trauma in order to draw attention or sympathy
to themselves. It is in a class of disorders known as factitious disorders
which involve illnesses whose symptoms are either self-induced
or falsified by the patient. It is also sometimes known as hospital addiction
syndrome. A related illness is Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy in which the
person feigns the illness in another person - usually going so far to
cause them harm to perpetuate the myth in order to gain sympathy for themselves.
sound familiar to drug users: AIWS or Micropsia is a condition in which
a patients sense of time, space and body image are distorted. People
may appear tiny or patients may feel that part of their body shape or
size has been altered. A sufferer may perceive humans, parts of humans,
animals, and inanimate objects as substantially smaller than in reality.
Another name for the condition is Lilliput sight or Lilliputian hallucinations.
The image above illustrates the illusion suffered by patients of this
Syndrome, a person loses the ability to give equal attention to both sides
of a space. For example, a patient in a rehabilitation hospital may wake
up in the morning and proceeds to shave his face - only to be told later
that he has only shaved half of his face. A person with this disorder,
when drawing a person, will often leave off the arm and leg from one side,
and when questioned, will state that it looks perfectly fine to them.
When drawing a clock, the sufferer will often draw a circle and stuff
all of the numbers in to one side. Neglect Syndrome is most often caused
by damage to one hemisphere of the brain, as in the case of a stroke.
is the disease in which a person has great difficulty resisting the impulse
to steal something. Despite this being a disorder, the US and UK courts
do not consider it a defense against stealing. Kleptomania usually begins
in puberty and continues until late adulthood. It is considered to be
a part of the obsessive compulsive range of disorders. Kleptomaniacs usually
steal items of little value, and some will tend to steal the same types
of items repeatedly.
Syndrome is a very rare disorder which usually occurs after some kind
of brain injury (such as a stroke or head injury). When a person suffers
from this syndrome they speak their native language with a foreign accent.
There have been 50 recorded cases of this syndrome between 1941 and 2006.
According to Wikipedia, a well-known case of foreign accent syndrome occurred
in Norway in 1941 after a young woman, Astrid L., suffered a head injury
from shrapnel during an air-raid. After apparently recovering from the
injury she was left with what sounded like a strong German accent and
was shunned by her fellow Norwegians.
Genital Retraction Syndrome is a strange disorder in which the sufferer believes that his genitals (or breasts in the case of women sufferers) are shrinking, retracting in to the body, or may be removed entirely. Even more strangely, there have been cases of this occurring amongst many people at the same time; this is called penis panic. The phenomenon is often associated with occult beliefs or witchcraft. Outbreaks of penis panic occurred in China in 1948, 1955, 1966, 1974 and 1984/85.
This article was originally published at The List Universe
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