Cotard's Syndrome, aka "Walking Corpse Syndrome"

Cotard's Syndrome, aka "Walking Corpse Syndrome"

Cotard's Syndrome is a rare mental illness known as "Walking Corpse Syndrome." Sufferers of this condition are convinced they are dead. Sadly, some Cotard's sufferers die from starvation because they don't think they need to eat—they often believe they don't have organs at all. The brain scans of people with the condition mysteriously resemble those of people in a vegetative state, which baffles scientists.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Cotard's Syndrome is a rare mental illness. (0:53)

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    Depression and/or schizophrenia are common in people who suffer from Cotard's. (1:50)

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    One patient with Cotard's agreed to a scan of his brain: (2:19)

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