Disorder of the Week

Capgras syndrome:

1. The person is convinced that one or several persons known by the sufferer have been replaced by a double, an identical looking impostor (They may say to their loved one, “You look like my wife but you are not her. What have you done with her?”).

2. The person sees true and double persons.

3. It may extend to animals and objects (i.e. This tea kettle looks just like my tea kettle but it is definitely not mine).

4. The person is conscious of the abnormality of these perceptions. There is no hallucination.

posted by eli on December 26, 2007 at 1:04 am
Disorder of the week

Schizophrenia Characterized by two or more of the following, must be present for at least a month:

1. Delusions (e.g. persecutory (CIA is following me), grandiose (I am a god))

2. Hallucinations (usually auditory in nature e.g. running commentary in one’s head)

3. Disorganized speech (e.g. derailment: "so I walked to the store and the cat has some disease and my mom is making salsa")

4. Grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior (e.g. not showering) 5. Negative symptoms i.e., affective flattening (blunt or flat affect), alogia (poverty of thought and speech), avolition (not showering, lack of energy)

Social and occupational functioning must be impaired Must have evidence of signs and symptoms for at least 6 months

Schizoaffective disorder and Mood disorder with psychotic features must be ruled out

Symptoms cannot be caused by a general medical condition or substance abuse

Usually symptoms appear from age 18 to 25 for males and 25 to mid-30’s for females

Catatonic’s, a subtype of schizophrenic, have what is called waxy flexibilty or catalepsy which entails that one could move a patients body in any position and they will stay that way for hours, days and even months. In India this is done by Yogis for so long that their body part may wither away. In India this is not condsidered a disorder, it is considered divine. Maybe we should treat the "mentally ill" with a lot more respect in this country!

Famous people with this disorder: Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd), Eduard Einstein – Son of Famous physicist Albert Einstein, Lionel Aldridge – Superbowl-winning Football Player

posted by eli on February 22, 2007 at 7:40 pm
Disorder of the week

Autoscopic psychosis:

One visually hallucinates that they are looking at mirror image of themselves; they see themselves in black and white and the image makes the same gestures that they make. Aristotle, Shelly, Goethe and Edagr Allan Poe all experienced these extremely rare hallucinations.

posted by eli on February 15, 2007 at 8:57 am
Disorder of the week


A episode of sudden and intense anxiety that the penis, nipple or vulva will recede into the body and possibly cause death (yikes). This is a culturally bound syndrome often found in East Asia and may reveal itself in the form of an epidemic. One epidemic involved more than 2000 victims, mainly young men, occurred in Hainan Island and Leizhou Peninsula of Guangdong Province, China, in 1984-85 and 1987.

posted by eli on February 8, 2007 at 9:15 am
My first post!

This giraffe was found 20,000 leagues under the sea!

posted by eli on January 24, 2007 at 2:29 pm


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