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Cotard’s Syndrome, known as “Walking Corpse Syndrome

Monday, May 27, 2013 8:57
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A MAN suffering a rare brain disorder was so convinced he was a zombie that he would hang out in graveyards to be close to death.

Writing in New Scientist magazine, the patient, identified only as Graham – says that after a failed suicide attempt he was convinced that he had in fact died and was one of the “walking dead”.

Graham told baffled doctors there was no point treating him because he had no brain and was already dead. He was diagnosed with the extremely rare Cotard’s Syndrome, known as “Walking Corpse Syndrome”, a condition that makes people believe that they or parts of their body no longer exist. Some people with the condition even starve to death, convinced they don’t need to eat. Others have tried to get rid of their body with acid, convinced they don’t need it anymore, the New Scientist reports. It is linked to depression and affects just a few hundred people, doctors believe.

“It’s hard to explain. I just felt like my brain didn’t exist anymore,” Graham said.

“When I was in hospital I kept on telling them that tablets weren’t going to do me any good ’cause my brain was dead. I lost my sense of smell and taste. I didn’t need to eat, or speak, or do anything. I ended up spending time in the graveyard because that was the closest I could get to death.”

“I just felt I might as well stay there. It was the closest I could get to death. The police would come and get me, though, and take me back home.”

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