simple explanations of interesting brain conditions

Desiring Disability: Body Integrity Identity Disorder

Chloe Jennings-White knew at age four that she wanted to live as a disabled person [1]. 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

simple explanations of interesting brain conditions

The Horrors of Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome

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

simple explanations of interesting brain conditions

Cortard’s Syndrome: Help Me Doctor, I’m Dead!

In 2013, Iranian researchers were presented with a 42 year old woman who believed that she had been killed by a ghost [2]. 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!

simple explanations of interesting brain conditions

Erotomania: The Man Who Shot Reagan

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