7 Rare Psychiatric Disorders That You Probably Never Heard About
Unveiling the hidden world of rare and perplexing psychological disorders—beyond the well-known schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—that challenge psychiatrists with their infrequency.
Here are seven lesser-known psychiatric disorders that you likely haven't encountered before.
Fregoli Syndrome: Imagine believing that different individuals are actually one person with changing appearances. This rare condition can accompany bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and OCD, and may stem from brain injury or medication.
Cotard's Syndrome:Enter the eerie world where individuals truly believe they are deceased or missing body parts. Risk factors include schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder. Treatment involves antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and electroconvulsive therapy.
Alien Hand Syndrome: Imagine a bizarre neurological disorder where your hand rebels, acting on its own accord. It feels detached, as if it belongs to someone else. Common causes include strokes, brain tumors, and seizures.
Ekbom's Syndrome:Welcome to the eerie realm of tactile hallucinations, where sufferers believe parasites infest their bodies, feeling insects crawl beneath their skin. Linked to various conditions like brain disease and schizophrenia.
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome: Embark on a mind-bending journey where your senses warp reality. Objects shrink, people grow, and space-time distorts, accompanied by haunting feelings of paranoia.
Erotomania:Enter the realm of delusion where love knows no bounds. Believing someone of higher status reciprocates their affection through secret signs and telepathy, the patient remains convinced despite denial, hiding their love from the world.
Capgras Syndrome: Step into a twisted reality where loved ones transform into imposters. Delusion grips, replacing familiarity with eerie doppelgängers. More common in females, it's linked to age, migraines, and brain disorders.