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What are the symptoms of Cotard's syndrome?

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People with this rare syndrome believe that parts of their body are missing, or that they are dying, dead, or don�t exist. Sometimes, they may stop speaking. Some hear voices that tell them they're dead or dying. Others may refuse to eat (because, among other reasons, they see no point since they're "dead"). Some may try to harm themselves.

SOURCES:

International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice: “‘I am dead’: Cotard syndrome and dementia.”

The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders: “‘I’m dead, so why do I need to eat?’” “Cotard Syndrome Resulting from  Valacyclovir Toxicity.”

The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences: “A Neuropsychiatric Analysis of the Cotard Delusion.”

Cognitive Neuropsychiatry: “Factor one, familiarity and frontal cortex: a challenge to the two-factor theory of delusions.”

Bipolar Disorder: “ Cotard’s syndrome in adolescents and young adults is associated with an increased risk of bipolar disorder.”

National Institutes of Health: "I'm Dead, So Why Do I Need to Eat?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on January 21, 2020

SOURCES:

International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice: “‘I am dead’: Cotard syndrome and dementia.”

The Primary Care Companion for CNS Disorders: “‘I’m dead, so why do I need to eat?’” “Cotard Syndrome Resulting from  Valacyclovir Toxicity.”

The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences: “A Neuropsychiatric Analysis of the Cotard Delusion.”

Cognitive Neuropsychiatry: “Factor one, familiarity and frontal cortex: a challenge to the two-factor theory of delusions.”

Bipolar Disorder: “ Cotard’s syndrome in adolescents and young adults is associated with an increased risk of bipolar disorder.”

National Institutes of Health: "I'm Dead, So Why Do I Need to Eat?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on January 21, 2020

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