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  1. Elizabeth at |

    My aunt has Schizophrenia, it’s really sad. She can be dangerous if left untreated.

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    1. John at |

      Hah… Dangerous….

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  2. DrSnide at |

    Antisocial Personality Disorder is not the same as psychopathy. It is a common mistake but Psychopathys are different in the complete lack of a conscience. People with ASPD may have deficits in empathy but typically still have some degree of a conscience.

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    1. Alexandria Resnica at |

      The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual says, in the Diagnostic Features of Antisocial Personality Disorder, “This pattern has also been referred to as psychopathy, sociopathy, or dyssocial personality disorder” (702). It’s a direct quote from the DSM IV TR, if you’d like to validate it.

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      1. DrSnide at |

        As a practicing forensic psychologist I am more than familiar with the DSM and the criteria for ASPD. I would refer you to the work of Robert Hare (the man who created the instrument used to evaluate psychopathy the PCL-R and agreed upon expert for a better explanation. There is a clear difference between psychopathy and regular old ASPD, although there are plenty of similaraties. DSM-5 appears to be moving towards combining them but then again DSM-5 will redo and radically change all the personality disorder.

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        1. DrSnide at |

          here is a good link to an article by Hare in the Psychiatric Times (great resource by the way) that explains it much better than I do.

          http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/dsm-iv/content/article/10168/54831

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  3. Crudus at |

    I really want to know who fact checks these? A simple Google search shows the average number of personalities (in DID patients) is in the double digits, and according to all of my psych professors the average number is 17. Also, people from this disease can live normal lives. Most of the videos I have seen (all of them shown by a psych professor) show people with their husbands, wives, children, etc. Hollywood is not a source that show be used here.

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    1. Alexandria Resnica at |

      17 is the Hollywood number. It’s the most recorded in any patient. That patient would by Shirley Mason, who the movie Sybil was based off of. They can live normal lives with care, yes. But their identity switches complicate things like employment.

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      1. Alexandria Resnica at |

        However, I’ve reread the Dissociative Identity Disorder section of the DSM IV TR. “Half of reported cases include individuals with 10 or fewer identities” (527). So the average wouldn’t be 17. It can be higher than 17. You are correct. But the average is under ten, if fifty percent are bellow it. I apologize.

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      2. Peter Boucher at |

        To Alexandria. The movie “Sybil” starring Sally Field and Joanne Woodward still sticks into my memory like super glue. It is a true story that shocked and scared me as to how parental abuse which caused “Sybil” to be that way is monstrous. Sally Field richly deserved the Emmy award for best actress in a dramatic role for that movie.

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        1. marc at |

          I heard (in an NPR story IIRC) that the whole Sybil story was a complete fabrication. The real Sybil faked all the personalities for the attention it got her.

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  4. Crudus at |

    Also, I forgot to mention that for a bipolar diagnosis to be made there needs to be a 2 week period (versus your 1) of either manic or depressive mood. Type I bipolar only needs one manic that lasts for a 2 week period; no depression mood is needed for this diagnosis. Someone can just shift from manic to neutral and back over weeks for them to qualify for the Type I Bipolar diagnosis.

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    1. Alexandria Resnica at |

      Here we are both wrong. If it is only mania, there is a two month period (388). The frequency I described, however, better fits Bipolar Disorder NOS, rather than type 1. Thank you.

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  5. AMP at |

    This top 10 list is almost entirely inaccurate and where it’s not inaccurate, it’s vague and/or misleading.

    The information about schizophrenia is really far off and it smacks of that hack E F Torrey’s theories.
    The statistics on the likelihood of someone with schizophrenia committing a crime is too hard to pin down because of the other factors like alcohol and drug abuse that are common in those with unmediated schizophrenia. It seems that a very large number of the schizophrenics who commit crimes were also abusing alcohol or drugs at the time of the crime. If this is taken into account, they are extremely slightly more likely to commit a crime than the average drug abuser or alcoholic. Statistics do say that crimes against schizophrenics are higher than the ones that have them committing a crime.

    Also, not all schizophrenics need to be medicated. Dr. Carl Jung’s research and experience in this area support this fact, though the AMA will not acknowledge this.

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    1. Alexandria Resnica at |

      Carl Jung? You mean the man who studied under Freud, who died in 1961? Strange. Chlorpromazine wasn’t discovered to be effective in psychotic patients until 1952, so I’m not sure that Jung really had a frame of reference to be used as an authority on psychiatry. Surely you acknowledge that a man from that era can’t be used as a credible source on modern psychiatry. Naturally I admire him greatly for his contributions to psychology, but that’s from a historical standpoint. I’m just not sure that living for the first nine years of effective antipsychotics would make anyone credible, even Jung.

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  6. Danielle at |

    I think it’s really funny that people get on these lists and pretend to be experts in the comment section…especially when it’s quite obvious that they just googled their information. Darn trolls with nothing better to do.

    I enjoyed the list!

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  7. Mary at |

    Top 10 ‘Craziest’ Mental Disorders
    Where is “Cotard Syndrome” – disorder in which a person believes, 100 %, that they are dead?

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  8. june at |

    I would really like a valid, fact-based answer to this question. I am 34, and hav always known I am a sociopath, I exhibit all traits of one. Except when it comes to my children or thinking about someone as a
    child. Then I feel empathy that is overwhealming.in any other situation, I hav to fake emotions. Is it possible for someone to hav learned sociopathic traits
    and be able to suppress emotion wen desired? Or can someone hav two personalities but one identity?

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    1. Briar at |

      Ask your doctor.

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      1. John at |

        Hah… I don’t have disorder ._.

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  9. Bryan at |

    Antisocial Personality Disorder is characterized by (according to the DSM,) “shallow” affect, not NO affect. Emotionless? Try again.

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    1. june at |

      Were u attempting to answer my question? Because u missed the mark completely. I never said I was emotionless. If u would re-read the question, you will understand that I am asking about the range. On one side I don’t feel empathy for people, only if the situation is presented to me with them as children. In that case, or in dealing woth my own children, I feel overwhelming emotion.

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      1. Briar at |

        You should ask your doctor June, not a blog.

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  10. Kim at |

    Interesting enough, my mother was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic so it does seem very vague at the end. She’s definitely considered to be on the extreme end of the spectrum so medication has never been able to help her. I also noticed she has never ever been the same since her symptoms “triggered” even with medication. Like, there’s always that doubt in her mind that the world around her is wrong and she makes poor decisions like “I’m going to stop taking my medication because I feel the world around me is not really trying to help me” and it’s a pretty vicious cycle. Usually the government can’t help her either, legally allowed to be psychotic until she’s either suicidal or homicidal, no one can force her to a hospital otherwise. And yes, give her enough time off her meds and she will try to kill a person or severely hurt herself. I wouldn’t doubt a lot of people not being properly diagnosed, it’s sooner likely they’ll end up homeless on the streets because of how difficult it is for a person to live with someone of this disorder, and it also becomes damn near impossible to even function in society.

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    1. Nadu at |

      Your mother is exactly like my brother. He just recently passed from being killed by a friend. He had been off his meds for a while and was extremely agitated. Still, the individual had an opportunity to walk away the way my brother was able to, even in his state, but opted to kill him anyway.
      He’s been dealing with the symptoms for almost 15 years and he’s had a roller coaster of a life. I couldn’t imagine the noise and the confusion and fears he had to deal with internally everyday of his life. Even on meds the noise never really went away.
      I want to hate his murderer but the illness ravaged him and he was so shackled by it that the only thing that lets me sleep at night is knowing that he’s finally free of the noise. He was so funny. If he could come back for just a moment, he’d say Finally! Some friggin’ peace and quiet!

      Fact check: Meds do not always work. Part of the disease makes you think the very drugs that help are hurting you and also, they have not been able to find a ‘genetic’ trait for schizophrenia. They have only come to the conclusion that it may her a ‘combination’ of genetic and environmental causes.

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  11. Candycan at |

    Your information on Dissociative Identity Disorder is really wrong and does nothing to help remove the stigma attached to it! You said yourself that it has a lot of media coverage but is misunderstood. You’re not wrong there!

    It is not rare for someone with DID to have more than three personalities. Also, you say they can’t live normal lives because they may switch identities at any point. Many people with DID live apparantly normal lives and since DID develops as a coping mechanism to ENABLE a person to live a normal life in the face of abnormal traumatic events, for many, switching is not something that is likely to happen ‘at any point’ as this would defeat the purpose of DID (ie, to continue to function despite the odds).

    With regards the therapy, in the UK at least, hypnotherapy is not recommended to treat DID.
    There is a lot that can be done to help people with DID however and it is curable, but takes a long time.
    I don’t know where you read that patients ‘cannot live in normal society unless they have gone through extensive therapy and their identities have been merged’ and that ‘they live in psychiatric institutions or they are constantly cared for by family and friends.’

    This is a huge assumption. Some people with DID do spend time in hospital, however many people with DID are able to live as normal a life as anyone else.
    I have DID: I have over twenty personalities and I am undergoing therapy to help with this but I hold down a full time job as a health professional. Very few people know I have DID and I certainly don’t rely on constant care by family and friends.

    Life is very hard for most people with DID. However, most people with DID are doing their very best as they have been their whole lives, to fit in and continue to live a normal life like other people. We do not need ignorant people adding to the stigma by writing articles like this.

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  12. Peter Boucher at |

    How about “polydipsomania” or the extreme desire to drink fluids whether or not they are alcoholic of non-alcoholic

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  13. Peter Boucher at |

    How about “Anemophobia” or the fear of air !!!!

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  14. Greg at |

    I really like this list as an overview and I am surprised by the criticism! Of course there are very strange disorders out there, but the phobias mentioned would surely fall under ‘Specific Phobias’ while others are very rare indeed – and this list seems to be looking at disorders that affect the wider population. The DSM isnt perfect but then there is still a lot we dont know about mental disorders and their treatments.

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  15. Xiao Hei at |

    Is there a disorder where a person ‘reads about, thinks and acts as if they have a mental disorder, leading to them finally developing that disorder’?

    At least 1/3 of the Americans I’ve chatted with can claim this disorder. It seems to me they are obsessed with mental disorders. It somehow seems cool to them to say that they have a mental disorder, much like earning a trophy, or like when you see a thug on the street and say ‘hey! I know him. He’s my best friend or uncle or a neighbor’. And, almost instantly it makes you appear cool with others. I’m sure many of the mental disorders Americans claim are just imagined.

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  16. Derek Becker at |

    I have #6, it really sucks, almost destroyed my life.

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  17. Caity at |

    So with this anti-social personalty disorder would it be possible that maybe the patient/person could have just been made fun of or teased in the past to make them pull away from other people. If that is true then it would not be a mental disorder more of a fear of being around people or a fear of judgement?

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    1. Resi at |

      People with the disorder don’t pull away from people so much as they have no emotional attachment to people. they can be (and sometimes are) very socially active, but they lack morals.

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  18. Ou at |

    I think this list is ok but not correct or lacking stigma in areas, I have Dissociativr identity disorder and have a life with my husband and child and also work in a professional job, I do not have to live in a psychiatric hospital all the time or be cared for continuously.
    I think you’ll find that many with DID are fantastic at hiding emotions, low moods etc and are fantastic at being ‘normal’
    DID is caused by severe childhood trauma and often this can mean a child would have pretended everything was ok due to abuse etc, a child being abused often must be kept silent and this is a breeding ground for DID as the child would split and dissociate to deal with having to be ‘normal’ when awful things happened often very recently.
    DID also tends to be misdiagnosed

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  19. bipohead at |

    This is really not all that accurate everywhere but then again it is a blog. I have rapid cycling bipolar disorder and mood swings that last for as short as a week are considered rapid cycling. Normal cycles would last longer, weeks, months even. There are also normal states and mixed states and a condition where the person only experiences mania but not depression. Some people will have psychotic symptoms. As for schizophrenia, there are positive and negative symptoms which differ from one another. Positive symptoms can be treated with medication but negative symptoms usually persist. So treatability depends on your symptoms.

    Meds for bipolar and schizophrenia both involve antipsychotic medication at different doses. Neither illness is truly curable.

    I consider myself lucky to be a bipolar for it has sparked my creativity and artistic career but as my depressive phases got serious I would never go back to being unmedicated. Sometimes I still get symptoms despite the meds working really well but they last only for a few days but are incredibly disabling still.

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  20. sidvee at |

    as a mental health support worker(i am one of the men in white coats) i find this list great ! For me the worst type of patient is some one with a personality disorder(PD) whilst at work i’ve been headbutted 3 times pulled to the ground by my hair twice rugby tackled to the floor, punched countless times breaking a few ribs had shit and sperm thrown at me spat on by PD’s. all the other illnesses i can have sympathy with and cant imagine what it must be like to live with the thoughts and voices in thier heads. i have a friend with bi-polar who is mostly ” normal ” but then he decides he doesn’t need to take his meds and then hey ho he crashes his car gets into fights in shops spends thousands of pounds on crap he don’t need until he gets sectioned again and is forced to take the meds after a few weeks he is back to ” normal ” and back to being the caring great friend he has always been. But PD’s are just horrible people if there is something that can be used as a weapon they will use it on you and will not give it a second thought. i would rather work with a peadophile than some one with PD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder my favorite the window lickers of the world. oh could some one explain what normal is to me ?

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    1. Anonymous at |

      Biased article full of misinformation- what’s to be expected of a blog.

      Sidvee… I’m almost positive you’re trolling, but I’ve fallen for your trap regardless.

      I was institutionalized last year for homicidal compulsions, heavily sedated, and horribly mistreated by the hospital staff that was there. Despite asking for help, I had care denied to me, was misdiagnosed with ASPD, pumped full of enough opiates to make me severely addicted and tolerated to them, and dumped onto the streets when I was too catatonic and suicidal to harm anyone other than myself.

      I got myself off of all of that medication, into therapy, and fought to get well. I’ve learned how to care for other people, and the value of being a productive, safe member of society. The hospitals that I stayed at refuse to release my medical records, and with no documentation of the abuse that I endured from the sadistic and inhumane staff there, I can’t press any charges for the further harm that they caused me.

      I ask you, who’s the one who’s really sick here?

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    2. Mag Bl at |

      Agreed. With axis I disorders, the client feels bad. With axis II disorders, the mental health worker feels bad.

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  21. jennifer at |

    So, DID is incredbily scary to see in others. And although it seems logical that the brain will “disassociate” in order to relief trauma. Is it impossible for the person with DID and taking on a new identity to tell they are ‘changing’? as in, while in a state of altered identity, would it be impossible to tell them that they are not really who they think they are. because if someone told a ‘neuro-typical’ person they are not who they really are, the response would be along the lines of ‘what the f*** of course this is who i am’. so, would this be the same thinking for a person with DID. Very good article, btw, thank you very much.

    on another note, i had a stint of Depersonalisation disorder. I dont know what ‘hell’ is like, but that came pretty close to my image of ‘hell’. It happened as a result of prolonged stress-i would worry constantly about radiation to the extent that my brain somehow switched itself off to all emotion basically, as a last resort to the stress over such a long time. It was a blessing and a curse, but mostly a curse. I got over the problem though-the radiation ‘threat’ that i percieved, and im completely fine now, life is pretty good. but there was a time when i didnt think id get over it and life was not life. it was like i was existing but not living with emotions and wants etc. so to anyone reading this with the same problem i had, it will get better and the DP will go away if you get over the source of your anxiety. Getting out in social situations no matter how daunting that feels now can seriously!!! help.

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  22. QuirkyKiwi at |

    Chris Costner Sizemore famous for having DID, had 20 identities, I’m amazed she managed to conquer/sort out her DID to live a normal life!

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  23. Saxen at |

    Why on earth isn’t Borderline Personality Disorder on this?

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    1. Sophie at |

      It really should be..

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  24. brendan authier at |

    i have OCD!

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  25. Colby at |

    Who ever wrote this should do more research and correct some things.

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  26. Mag Bleit at |

    What about borderline PD? That’s one of the craziest in my opinion.

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  27. Joshua Daniel at |

    As someone who has gone through the stigma of being institutionalized, medicated, and left to be on his own, I can definitely state that mental illness is a result of poor physical health, nutrition, lack of education, lack of socializing, lack of discipline, and I’ll even go as far to say lack of religious/spiritual component in their life.

    Unless you have severe mental health issues where you absolutely CANNOT adapt to society, then I can see why you may need to be medicated and possibly live in an institution (i.e. nursing home, assisted living, boarding home, state hospital, etc.) Other than that, I see a lot of “mental illnesses” stemming from unhealthy lifestyles.

    For example, being malnourished and deficient in certain vitamins WILL produce symptoms similar to depression. Now ask me this people, how many Americans YOU know that are malnourished? If you’re informed, you will realize a lot of Americans (or people in general) live VERY sedentary lifestyles. This ALONE can greatly attribute to poor mental health.

    Another component that is extremely important for mental health is ritual excercise. Now again, how many people do you know that are absolutely lazy? Play video games all day, web surf all day, becoming complacent, etc? This is not me being judgemental; as I too used to be, for lack of a better word, used to be a slob. Now what do I do? I workout weekly, I get compliments and looks for my body, and I feel great! I can’t stress enough how important excercise is for not only your health but also self-esteem.

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    1. may at |

      BS!

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  28. Joe at |

    Why no schizoid personality disorder?

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  29. Tim at |

    TOP 10 Disorders…

    Disorder 11 are all the other people that doesnt fit the profile.
    Typical stereo types looking no further then there noses.
    Its funny that they think that those people need a cure…realy ironic.
    You made a choice just like everyone does and for me you dont fit the profile,
    lets have a bunch of other people that do the same putting you in a corner your might fit in the top 10

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  30. judith at |

    This is a great article. Thanks!

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  31. Hemant Kakodia at |

    Hi, I am Hemant Kakodia from India. I was suffering from OCD for years. I used to do things repeatedly for number of time. I used to wash hands multiple time even after knowing i have already washed that. I was under medication and that worked for sometime but after leaving medication, there was mental effect as medicines were strong. After this, with time, it went off and now i am OCD free but sometimes i do wash hands multiple time but not like old time. If anyone is suffering from this, then will power is required to vanish this.

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  32. Tori at |

    I think this list is way off topic. “Craziest” Mental Disorders? These are not them. I found a list that is full of way more rare, and way more bizarre diseases.

    10. Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of sympathy, loyalty or even voluntary compliance with the hostage taker, regardless of the risk in which the hostage has been placed.

    9. Lima Syndrome – The exact opposite of Stockholm syndrome – this is where the hostage takers become more sympathetic to the plights and needs of the hostages.

    8. Diogenes Syndrome – a condition characterised by extreme self neglect, reclusive tendencies, and compulsive hoarding, sometimes of animals. It is found mainly in old people and is associated with senile breakdown.

    7. Paris Syndrome – a condition exclusive to Japanese tourists and nationals, which causes them to have a mental breakdown while in the famous city. Of the millions of Japanese tourists that visit the city every year, around a dozen suffer this illness and have to be returned to their home country. The condition is basically a severe form of ‘culture shock’.

    6. Stendhal Syndrome – a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art, usually when the art is particularly ‘beautiful’ or a large amount of art is in a single place.

    5. Jerusalem Syndrome – the name given to a group of mental phenomena involving the presence of either religiously themed obsessive ideas, delusions or other psychosis-like experiences that are triggered by, or lead to, a visit to the city of Jerusalem.

    4. Capgras Delusion – a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that an acquaintance, usually a spouse or other close family member, has been replaced by an identical looking impostor.

    3. Fregoli Delusion – The exact opposite of the Capgras delusion – the Fregoli delusion is a rare disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that different people are in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise.

    2. Cotard Delusion – a rare psychiatric disorder in which a person holds a delusional belief that he or she is dead, does not exist, is putrefying or has lost their blood or internal organs. Rarely, it can include delusions of immortality.

    1. Reduplicative Paramnesia – the delusional belief that a place or location has been duplicated, existing in two or more places simultaneously, or that it has been ‘relocated’ to another site. For example, a person may believe that they are in fact not in the hospital to which they were admitted, but an identical-looking hospital in a different part of the country, despite this being obviously false

    Now tell me these aren’t more “Crazy” then the list provided. Now, I am not saying the listed mental disorders are not “crazy” , they definitely are, but the ones I listed are much more rare and to me, WAY more intriguing. In fact, I couldn’t really find a satisfactory documentary on any of these, and I’m all about documentaries.
    If anyone is aware of some awesome documentary on ANY of these mental disorders please let me know!
    To me, these are way more interesting, and rare which is why I think the provided list is kind of boring. Although Dissociative Identity Disorder is probably the most interesting on this list, I would much more enjoy a list of the ones I listed and see some videos of actual patients.
    So as I said, if anyone knows of some videos on any of these, please let me know! I’d love to learn more about these rare diseases.

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