There’s a rare illness going around that has people thinking they’re dead or ‘walking zombies’.
It’s called Cotard’s Syndrome and is the delusion by a patient into they are dead or nonexistent.
Doctors who treat the condition say that Cotard’s Syndrome is a real illness – with patients believing they are dead and feeling extremely depressed, anxious and suicidal.
It is unclear as to what causes the syndrome but it’s believed that two types of brain impairment are involved. The first alters the patient’s normal functioning – ie. brain damage that prevents the normal processing of emotions when looking at familiar faces. The second, thought to be the same as in any delusional belief, is responsible for the patient’s lack of reasoning. It is what encourages the patient to hold on so tightly to their outlandish beliefs.