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All the buzz about Zombies has me freaked out. Like for real. I can handle vamps, werewolves, even ghosts. But zombies? No. Way.

And here’s why!

Zombies. Are. Real.

Named after Jules Cotard (a French neurologist who first described the condition in 1880), Cotard Syndrome is a delusion where the sufferer believes they are dead, or are putrefying, or have lost their blood or internal organs. Sometimes (rarely), it includes delusions of immortality (so in that regard, vampires are real too!)

Related to Capgras Syndrome, Cotard Syndrome can occur in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder. It can also be a (rare) side effect of Acyclovir (an anti-viral medication).

Treatment includes pharmacotherapy (medication) with anti-psychotics and mood stabilizers. ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy) has also been used.

Has anybody encountered any literature including a character who believed they were dead, decaying, or that their organs were gone?

Be sure to check out Lydia’s Medical Monday and Sarah’s The Strangest Situation.

Remember, these posts are for writing purposts ONLY and are NOT to be construed as medical advice or treamtent.

Let me know if you have a writerly mental health question and I can address it here on Mental Health Monday! ;)

 

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Capgras Syndrome is a delusional disorder whereby the sufferer believes that a friend, family member, spouse, or someone else they know has been replaced by an identical-looking imposter. Most commonly associated with Schizophrenia, the disorder has also been seen in brain injury and dementia. 

It was first labeled in 1923 by French psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Capgras, whose patient believed “doubles” had replaced her husband and others she knew. (Thank you, Wikipedia, for that bit of information.) :)

Treatment includes medications such as anti-psychotics (Haldol, Zyprexa, etc).

What books or movies have you seen where a character believes others have been replaced by imposters?

Check out Lydia’s Medical Monday and Sarah’s The Strangest Situation.

Remember, these posts are for writing purposes ONLY and are NOT to be construed as medical advice or treatment.

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I’d like to give a special greeting to the #atozchallenge participants! If you’re unfamiliar with my blog, I reserve Mondays for all things Mental Health. I’m in cahoots with two fabulous bloggers, so I urge you to check out their posts too. ;)

Lydia hosts Medical Mondays on her blog, The Word is My Oyster and Sarah Fine covers various psychological topics on Mondays on her blog, The Strangest Situation. We’re ALWAYS open to your writerly questions and would love to help you out. All you have to do is ask.

Alrighty, so on to today’s letter, “C.”

Capgras Syndrome, simply put, is when someone believes people they know have been “replaced” by identical impostors. It is considered a delusional disorder and most frequently occurs in people who have Schizophrenia. Other conditions, such as dementia or brain injury, can cause the condition.

Characters with Capgras Syndrome have shown up in novels and films and it can certainly create some interesting scenes should you choose to develop a character with the disorder.

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Disclaimer: These posts are for writing purposes ONLY and are NOT intended for medical treatment or advice.

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