Cotard 's Syndrome : A Rare Delusionary Syndrome

1228 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Cotard’s syndrome is a very rare delusionary syndrome also known as “The Walking Dead Syndrome” and Nihilistic Delusion. It was named after neurologist and researcher Jules Cotard in 1880’s. Most cases of Cotards involve underlying diseases, syndromes or brain damage in the frontal or temporal regions of the brain. Cortard’s is not classified into the DSM-5, the ICD-10 links Cotards to delusions. Other disorders such as bipolar or psychotic depression are often treated to help alleviate Cotards. (Debruyne, Portzky, Van den Eynde, & Audenaert, 2009) Studies have shown the chances of developing Cotard’s delusion appears to increase with age and usually is accompanied with an underlying conditions. (Debruyne, Portzky, Van den Eynde, & Audenaert, 2009) This paper will address the average age, gender and disorders at risk for developing Cotards Syndrome. As well as address questions as to how people who believe they are dead communicate with others? Why and how Cortard’s patients may commit suicide if they think they are already dead?

Keywords: Cotard’s syndrome, Walking Dead Syndrome, Nihilistic Delusion, Psychotic Schizophrenia, Alclovir, Capgras Syndrome, DSM-5, ICD-10

Definitions:
Acyclovir is a medicine that is used in treatment of Herpes Simplex Virus.
Capgras delusion characterized by how they see others. They believe that their spouse, parents, siblings are imposters or body snatched.
DSM-5 is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
ICD-10 is a…
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