#WackyWednesday: Strangest disorders to exist

Mental disorders can take on the oddest forms, but this doesn't mean you are alone.

Medical mental disorders can wreak havoc in a person’s life, but there are mental disorders which are so bizarre they almost unbelievable.

Here are six disorders you might not have known existed.

1. Walking corpse syndrome

No, this is not a reference to Walking Dead fans, but rather a mental disorder where a person believes they are already dead, do not exist, are putrefying or have lost his or her blood or internal organs. Also known as Cotard’s Syndrome, this disorder is apparently more frequent in people with psychotic depression or schizophrenia.

2. Alien Hand Syndrome

This disorder sees people struggling with one of their hands, which seems to have a mind of its own. It apparently moves around, grabs hold of things, and responds to to the touch of another person, but does all of this without the control of the person to whom it belongs. Alien hand syndrome is usually caused by stroke or other brain damage, particularly in the areas of the corpus callosum, or frontal or parietal lobes.

3. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome

As exciting as this syndrome might sound, there are no Mad Hatter or Cheshire Cat to keep you company with this syndrome. This is where a person’s body image, space, and sense of time are distorted. This means people perceive objects as being either much larger or smaller than they really are and time is a tad warped.

4. Foreign Accent Syndrome

This unusual syndrome causes people to speak their mother language with a foreign accent, irrespective of whether or not they have ever lived in another country. Apparently this condition is caused when a person’s brain’s speech center was affected and damaged.

5. Boanthropy

If you suspect someone is being a cow, don’t judge them as they might be suffering from Boanthropy. This delusional disorder sees people believe they are cows, and can actually walk on all fours and eat grass.

6. Munchausen Syndrome

A lot of people are aware of this syndrome, but it is not linked solely to mothers who hurt their children to get attention. This disorder also sees people feigning, exaggerating, or creating symptoms of illnesses in themselves in order to gain attention, sympathy, and comfort from friends, family, office colleagues and even medical personnel.

  AUTHOR
Quinton Boucher
Journalist

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