The Syndrome of Cotard, also called Syndrome Walking Corpse or Delirium of Denial, is a psychological disorder rare in that the person believes is dead or that their bodies are rotting.
The causes of the Syndrome of Cotard are associated with changes in certain areas of the brain related to personality, brain shrinkage, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, migraine or depression prolonged.
Although this syndrome has no cure, treatment must be done to decrease the psychological changes. In this way, the treatment should be individualized and directed by the doctor psychiatrist.
How to identify the symptoms
Some symptoms that help identify this disorder are:
- Believe that if you’re dead;
- Show anxiety often;
- Have a feeling that the organs of the body are rotting;
- Feel qu can not die, because already died;
- Be a person who is very negative;
- Have insensitivity to pain;
- Suffering constant hallucinations;
- Have suicidal.
In addition to these signs, those who suffer with this syndrome can still smell the rotten flesh that comes out of your body, due to the idea that his organs are rotting.In some cases, patients may also not recognize themselves in the mirror, nor can they identify family members or friends, for example.
How is it treated
The treatment of the Syndrome of Cotard can be done with the use of drugs antidepressants, antipsychotics, or mood stabilizers such as Diazepam, Fluoxetine or Chlorpromazine.
In the more severe cases of the disease, may be used, in combination with the use of medications, sessions of electroconvulsive therapy, which consists in the application of electric shocks to the brain to stimulate certain areas and to more easily control the symptoms of the syndrome.