When people get sick and diagnosed with a serious illness they often fear they could lose their life to it. There’s a type of mental illness that makes the sufferers believe they are already dead.
The Cotard delusion, which is also known as the Walking Corpse Syndrome or the Cotard Syndrome, is a serious mental illness that causes those who suffer from it to have a number of delusions about their physical health. Most of them believe there are simply dead or putrefying, or that they have lost internal organs or lots of blood. It was named after a French neurologist from the 1880s whose name was Jules Cotard and who described the symptoms of the syndrome. He conducted studies on patients and described the illness as a condition of delusion. One of his patients, identified only as Mademoiselle X, believed that certain vital parts of her body simply didn’t exist, so she refused to eat or drink and eventually died from starvation.
Doctors believe the mild form of the syndrome can show signs of self-loathing or depression.