Week 2 Writing assignment; congenital disorder, a mental health disorder or a skin disease
Zombies. It seems like the whole US population is absolute in love with the idea of the so called "walking dead." And why not? Nothing is more fascinating than for the dead to come back to life to eat the living. However, for some people feeling like they are already dead and rotting is already a reality and regardless of how glamour’s it seems on all the TV shows, for the person and family it is an absolute horrible mental disorder to work through. This zombie like disorder is called Cotard’s Syndrome (or Cotard’s Delusion or Walking Corpse Syndrome) named after Jules Cotard, a French neurologist who first had seen this disorder in a patient. In this rare mental disorder people imagine that they are decomposing, dead or non-existent. In one such case was a 20-year-old male diagnosed with bipolar disorder described his feelings of distorted reality. (“My liver and stomach are being destroyed," and, "My heart doesn't beat," and, "I don't have muscles.") (American Neuropsychiatric Association (2000) Cotard's Syndrome in a Young Male Bipolar Patient retrieved from website http://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=100699) So how does a person go to the extreme to become “the walking dead?” These delusions are caused by the malfunction in an area of the brain called the fusiform gyrus, which recognizes faces, and also in the amygdala, an almond-shaped set of neurons that processes your emotions. The combination is a lack of recognition when viewing familiar faces (even the face of the sufferer), leaving the person feeling disconnected with reality. (American Neuropsychiatric Association (2000) Cotard's Syndrome in a Young Male Bipolar Patient retrieved from website http://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=100699) These symptoms “typically” show in people that have other mental disorders such as bipolar or schizophrenia. Another way that symptoms...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document