Top 10 of the Strangest Medical Conditions
The science of medicine is far more advanced nowadays than it was even ten years ago. Yet, there are many diseases that do not have a cure. Billions of dollars are spent every day for researchers, experimental treatments, and various tests. Even so, there are some conditions that are extremely rare and the researchers cannot gather information for them and cannot find a cure. Of course, in some cases, the so-called “symptomatic treatment” can be applied, but there is a long way to go before discovering treatment for the diseases themselves.
There isn’t a person who has not been sick during his lifetime. Some of us get lucky and just catch the flu from time to time or have to get through minor surgeries. Others must take medicines all of their life or undergo long, dangerous and horrible treatments. But imagine suffering from a disease that is so rare that just a few people have heard about it. And knowing that you have had the bad luck to be that one in a million (or maybe billion) who get’s “hit by the Russian roulette bullet”. Some of the diseases listed bellow cause only discomfort (although big), others are lethal, or lead to a terrible and painful state of being. Let’s take a look at them.
1210. Cotard’s Delusion, Walking Corpse Syndrome
Cotard’s delusion syndrome or Cotard’s delusion, known also as the “Walking Corpse Syndrome”, is a mental illness in which the person believes that he or she is dead or missing essential body parts, or even, paradoxically, might has delusion of immortality. The patient cannot recognize his or her own face, has a tendency to suicide, loses sense of reality. The sufferer would not eat, bathe and can eventually die from starvation.
Very little is known about this illness. In one case, that of Graham Harrison, the positron emission tomography (PET) showed that his brain function resembles that of someone who is sleeping. But since there aren’t many people who suffer from the disease and almost none of them has undergone PET, Graham’s test results cannot be conclusive.
It is more likely that the disease will affect patient who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, or had suffered strokes or depression. There are three stages of the syndrome. Germination stage, when the person had depressive mood and is worried of unwellness. Blooming stage – then the patient starts experiencing delusions and thinks he or she is dead or immortal. Chronic stage, when the sufferer shows very severe depression.
The disease is treated with Electroconvulsive therapy and medications, like antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotics.