23. The Brain Can Become A Very Dangerous Organ
As mentioned before, the brain can convince us of some strange things that we believe to be real. Mental conditions are extremely serious and should be treated accordingly, but there are just some conditions that are so beyond the realm of the medical profession that they don’t know how to provide any kind of treatment. bittertiltheend shared a story that’s a bit difficult to believe because it sounds like it’s right out of a television show or movie.
“Walking corpse syndrome – cotard delusion. Seventeen years in mental health, and I’ve seen it once. The belief that some or all of you is dead. The guy was so certain he was dead he believed he was a zombie.” This condition is more serious than just believing one is dead: they may actively hurt themselves or stop eating with the belief that they don’t need to because they’re already dead. The syndrome could be caused by a number of conditions related to the brain, including brain injuries, epilepsy, or dementia, just to name a few.