Posts Tagged ‘schizophrenia’

Is better known as Cotard Delusion, a rare mental disorder where the sufferer believes they are dead (figuratively or literally). They are convinced they no longer exist, may be rotting, have lost all their blood and in rarer still cases, may be convinced they are immortal.

A French neurologist, Jules Cotard, was the first to describe the strange condition. This goes back to an earlier post describing Capgras, in that similar traits occur. The sufferer can even feel no sense of association with their own face, this can then lead to further confirmation that they do not exist.

It is a disorder encountered mostly through a sufferer of an already present disorder such as schizoprenia, but may also be associated with depression, or to adverse reactions to drugs.

Ever had a song stuck in your head? You heard it on the radio before work and ou just hummed it all day… imagine a full blown musical experience with backing tracks but no one else can hear it.

Are you crazy? Probably not.

The condition was first recorded around a century ago, with phantom songs haunting people. Sufferers described it has a torrent of random songs and music, it seems a lot of those that are victims of this are elderly and often dear or hard of hearing.

Doctors Victor Aziz and Nick Warner have conducted a 15 year long study ino the occurrence. Unlike schizophrenia there are no imaginary voices just a constant stream of music. The average age of the patients was 78, and two-thirds themed the music as being religious.

A handful of PET scans show that area of the brain to be highly active during periods of hallucination. It is possible that the brain creates the hallucinations as a product of mental malfunction.

Case Study

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A very clever example for auditory hallucinations though not musical.