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
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!
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
Picture this; you’re sitting at home minding your own business when your dog comes running through the door and bounds over onto your lap… except it’s not your dog. Sure, it looks like your dog, identical in every way- but some deep instinct tells you this is an imposter. Your parents walk past and give… Continue reading My Family Are Impostors: the Capgras Delusion
You’ve likely heard something about the logical left brain vs. the creative right. It’s reasonable to say that most experts would agree this is an outdated, oversimplified view of the reality. It isn’t so much that emotion or rationality are specifically housed on either side as it is that some functions tend to be more… Continue reading The Spooky Story of the Split-brain