A Disease That Makes You Literally Feel Others’ Pain
Our brains contain mirror neurons, which is why we often cry when seeing someone else’s tears. However, people with mirror-touch synesthesia have highly reactive mirror neurons. This makes their responses much more extreme. This condition can cause people to literally feel the sensations when they watch another person being touched. Anything can cause this response in people who have mirror-touch synesthesia. They can feel an itch another person is scratching or even the weight of another person’s glasses on their nose. Currently, no diagnostic tests are available to aid in diagnosing mirror-touch synesthesia. Furthermore, the condition does not appear in the current 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-V) that psychiatrists use to diagnose disorders such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and more. Researchers are trying to find tests and tools to help doctors make diagnoses more consistently, but nobody has fully developed any at this time
A Disease Where Your Hand Takes On A Mind Of Its Own
Alien hand syndrome is a fascinating but rare neurological disorder in which a person’s hand appears to take on a life of its own, moving and acting independently without conscious control. Individuals with this condition often experience involuntary movements, such as grasping or manipulating objects, and can feel as though their limb is acting against their will. Although the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, it is believed to be related to a breakdown in communication between different regions of the brain responsible for controlling movement and awareness. While treatment options are limited, physical therapy, medication, and even surgery may be used to manage symptoms and improve quality of life for those affected by this mysterious disorder.