Alabama teen had ‘walking corpse syndrome’; recovered with help from Disney

Alabama teen had ‘walking corpse syndrome’; recovered with help from Disney

[Ed. – You seriou – oh, I give up.]

Cases of Cotard’s Syndrome date back to 1788 but it was formally identified by French neurologist Jules Cotard in 1880.

Among the handful of cases over the years was a 53-year-old woman in New York who in 2008 claimed that she stank like rotting fish because she was dead.

Like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, Cotard’s is another form of delusional psychosis, the only self-certifiable form of its kind.

Those with this condition often describe a loss of blood, organs and/or body parts.

This distorted reality is caused by a malfunction in an area of the brain called the fusiform gyrus, which recognses faces, and also in the amygdala – an almond-shaped set of neurons that processes your emotions.

Aware the disease is incredibly rare, Miss Smith, of Alabama, in the US,  has decided to speak out to support others. …

She went to see the school nurse, who, baffled, could not find anything wrong.

Miss Smith continued: ‘As I walked home I thought about visiting a graveyard, just to be close to others who were also dead. …’

But it was two years until she finally plucked up the courage – and was immediately she diagnosed with Cotard’s, or Walking Corpse Syndrome.

‘It’s a rare condition where sufferers believe they or parts of their body no longer exist,’ Miss Smith said. …

Talking with the therapist set her on the road to recovery.

She also discovered Disney films were a huge help in her recovery.

Miss Smith said: ‘Watching Disney films gave me a warm, fuzzy feeling.

‘The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Bambi – I watched them all. I asked my boyfriend Jeremy:  “How can I be dead when Disney makes me feel this good?”.’

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