Remember when you are struck down by a strange illness, and you almost felt like crying your eyes out?. It’s time to get really scared, because our list contains the scariest of them all. Buckle up
A disease is a favorite word in the dictionary of a doctor and the sentence “I am sick “ is the most dreaded word for patients to utter.
“A Chinese proverb quotes:
“An unknown disease cannot be cured by an everyday drug.”
1. Othello Syndrome.
You still remember Shakespeare’s classical work, Othello? It has an unpopular disease named after it.
People suffering of Othello Syndrome always have a belief that their partner is cheating on them when there is no evidence whatsoever.
It exceeds common jealousy; sufferers are always preoccupied with obsessive thoughts of different ways their partner is unfaithful to them.
This makes them to continuously stalk their partner, ask probing questions about their whereabouts which might result in violence.
Does the above describe your relationship too? Who knows if your present lover is an Othello Syndrome sufferer?.
2. Clinical Lycantrophy.
People suffering of clinical lycanthropy have a belief that they are turning into an animal.
Aside from people thinking they are turning into wolves, published cases of clinical lycanthropy reveal some people believe they were turning into frogs, cats, horses, birds, hyenas, lion and even bees.
3. Cotards Delusion.
This is a rare mental illness that causes the affected person to think they are dead or have lost their internal organs like the liver. Shouts like “my head are missing?!” can be expected from a sufferer.
4. Capgras Delusion.
The delusion is named after French physician, Joseph Capgras, who first described it.
This disease is believed by health practitioners to be neurologically similitude to Cotard’s.
Sufferers of Capgras belief that a person who is close to them has been replaced by an imposter who appears identical but isn’t the same person.
Capgras is often associated with schizophrenia but the delusion may also result from brain damage and dementia.
5. Folie à Deux.
Folie à deux literally means ‘madness shared by two’; that should ring better than the technical name of ‘shared psychotic disorder’.
The “shared madness” is observed when two (or more) people who live in close proximity come to share the same delusion(s).
In a situation where a dominant person influences another with its delusional belief, it is called Folie impose and when two people with different psychosis diagnoses influence each other to a stage they both present same disease as a result of living close to each other, maybe in a psychiatric facility or hospital, it is called Folie simultanee.
Folie à deux is however also known as Lasegue-Falret Syndrome .