This is an extremely awkward and rare eating disorder. People suffering from it tend to eat non-nutritional “food”: plastic, lead, wood, dirt and any other material that is not really considered food. There is no medical treatment for this mental disorder rather than a combination of appointments with psychiatrists.
2. The Alien Hand Syndrome
Imagine sleeping on your arm the whole night. Once you wake up you have no sensation in your arm and you feel as if it didn’t belong to you. The alien hand syndrome is something similar with the exception that you lose full control of one of your arms. You can still feel it but you can’t direct its movement voluntarily and sometimes you can grab someone’s hair without even knowing why. This disorder is caused by brain injuries or traumatic experiences and there is no treatment for it so far.
3. Aquagenic Pruritus
When it comes down to showering people suffering from this rare condition have huge problems. When their skin contacts water they tend to get a nasty itching rash. Not only water can trigger this effect. The same goes for humid air, sweat, rain and wind. The cause of this condition is unknown. While it’s not life endangering it’s pretty serious and it could only be treated with different medication to relieve the itching and pain.
4. Cotard’s Syndrome
This terrifying disease is also known as the Walking Corpse syndrome. The name is kind of self-explanatory. Some of the people with this rare mental condition believe that they are either dead zombies or have missing body organs. Some patients even have delusions of immortality. The condition is caused by a bipolar disorder or by severe depression and there is still no effective treatment for it. Psychiatrists claim that electroconvulsive therapy is the best method for curing this disease.
5. Foreign accent syndrome
This is a pretty odd condition in which the patients develop a new unfamiliar foreign accent all of a sudden. It’s not lethal at all but can cause you a lot of discomfort. The cause for the condition is usually a brain injury due to a head trauma. Most of the cases resolve themselves without any medical treatment whatsoever. When having trouble getting used to the new fancy accent some patients turn to speech therapists and try to overcome it.