Zombies are peculiarly scary because we think that we could be turned Into one and zombies are peculiarly tragic figures because we recognize the innocent people that these monsters once were. We have seen thrilling zombies’ movies and have read stories or novels, but do they exist in reality? There’s a healthy interest in The Walking Dead and other elements of the current zombie trend, and then there’s Cotard’s Delusion. It is a rare yet one of the most horrifying psychological mystery.

This scary mental disorder causes the sufferer to believe that they are the walking dead or a ghost and that their body is decaying and/or they’ve lost all blood and internal organs. The feeling of having a rotting body is usually part of the delusion, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many sufferers of Cotard’s Delusion experience severe depression. In some cases, the delusion causes sufferers to starve themselves to death. This terrifying disorder was first described in 1880 by neurologist Jules Cotard’s, though fortunately, Cotard’s Delusion has proven extremely rare. The most well-known case of Cotard’s Delusion actually occurred in Haiti, where a man was absolutely convinced he had died of AIDS and was in Hell 

Cotard’s Delusion or walking corpse syndrome is characterized by delusions of negation. The patient usually denies their own existence, the existence of a certain body part, or the existence of a portion of their body. Cotard’s syndrome exists in three stages. Firstly the germination stage which includes symptoms of psychotic depression. Secondly blooming stage in which full development of the syndrome and delusions of negation starts and then chronic stage which is characterized by continued severe delusions along with chronic psychiatric depression. Cotard’s syndrome is in general reported to be more common in females and older age groups with rare occurrence in adolescents.

According to one of the earliest recorded cases, In 1788, Charles Bonnet of Cotard’s Delusion. An elderly woman was preparing a meal when she felt a draft and then became paralyzed on one side of her body. When feeling, movement, and the ability to speak came back to her, she told her daughters to dress her in a shroud and place her in a coffin. For days she continued to demand that her daughters, friends, and maid treat her like she was dead. They finally gave in, putting her in a shroud and laying her out so they could mourn her. Even in the wake, the lady continued to fuss with her shroud and complain about its colour. When she finally fell asleep, her family undressed her and put her to bed. After she was treated with a powder of precious stones and opium, her delusions went away, only to return every few months.

Walking corpse syndrome is a rarity in psychiatry. Regarding treatment, the combination of antipsychotics and antidepressants is often used, but if this shows no improvement, ECT is suggestedNow discussing a little bit about the ECT or Electroconvulsive therapy, formerly known as electroshock therapy, it is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced inpatient to treat psychological disorders and It may treat Cotard’s syndrome.

Cotard’s Delusion is an ultra-rare condition and one can steer clear of it by being cheerful by fighting depression or guilt, by stop overthinking and by knowing the real purpose of life and by living the life to the fullest with happiness and hope…

Submitted by “Syeda Zainab Qadri”