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(p. 94) Cotard’s Syndrome 

(p. 94) Cotard’s Syndrome
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(p. 94) Cotard’s Syndrome
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Hans Debruyne

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190245863.003.0007
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date: 27 November 2020

Cotard’s syndrome involves nihilistic delusions about the patient’s own body, such as believing that he or she is a walking corpse. The syndrome is named for Jules Cotard (1840–1889), a French neurologist who first described this condition in 1880. He formulated the syndrome as a new type of depression characterized by symptoms such as anxious melancholia, ideas of damnation or rejection, insensitivity to pain, delusions of nonexistence concerning one’s own body, and delusions of immortality. Along with discussing the typical progression of symptoms and associated features, this chapter situates Cotard’s syndrome within the context of several other disorders and well-known neuropsychological deficits.

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