Chloe Jennings-White knew at age four that she wanted to live as a disabled person . Today the Cambridge educated research scientist still believes that her legs do not belong to her, and dreams of having her spine surgically severed. For years Chloe has pretended to be disabled when alone, she’s even purposefully caused a… Continue reading Desiring Disability: Body Integrity Identity Disorder
Just a warning, this one is far more gruesome than most of the other conditions I’ve covered. Lesch-Nyhan syndrome involves children who suffer from extreme self-injurious behaviour. Lesch-Nyhan syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which affects around one in 380,000 people. There are three hallmark symptoms of Lesch-Nyhan; neurologic dysfunction, body fluid issues and behavioural… Continue reading The Horrors of Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome
Mr B was a 19 year old Irish male with no previous psychiatric issues . He worked as a sheep shearer, and by all accounts lived a relatively happy and stable life. That was, until he was arrested and charged with breaking and entering his girlfriend’s parent’s house. He claimed that his mission was to… Continue reading The Delusion of Doubles
In 2013, Iranian researchers were presented with a 42 year old woman who believed that she had been killed by a ghost . The women said that she saw many souls, but especially 'Aal', a female ghost from Persian folklore who attacks women after they’ve delivered a baby. She reported that she had first seen… Continue reading Cortard’s Syndrome: Help Me Doctor, I’m Dead!
Imagine your life was like one of those old-school kung fu movies where the sound and video are out of sync. A group of English researchers have recently come into contact with a man who experiences life in exactly this way. The man, a retired pilot known as “PH”, experiences sound 200ms (1/5th of a… Continue reading A Life out of Sync: Sensory Desynchronization
John Warnock Hinckley Jr. was born in 1955 into a very wealthy family. He grew up playing everything from football to baseball, learned the piano, and was elected class president twice. After graduating from Vanderbilt University he was made vice president of his father’s oil business. Everything was going very well for Hinckley. Then, on… Continue reading Erotomania: The Man Who Shot Reagan
A 12 year old boy begins at a prestigious new school. He can’t keep up with the high academic standards and soon falls behind the other students. His teacher decides to punish him by ridiculing his work in front of the class. Most of us would have been pretty traumatized by this at such a… Continue reading Conversion Disorder: Stress into Sickness