One day you look in a mirror and see someone occupying your body. Is there a fake or you have Capgras syndrome?
In the famous horror movie “Us”, director Peele built the grisly situation that the Wilson family encountered. That is being replaced by his copy, killed. That only happens in movies? In fact, since 1923, scientists have found a disease that makes people “see” their counterfeiters.
Not recognizing loved ones because they think there are fake people
In 2011, the Psychiatric Times reported that Mary (40), mentally disordered, could not continue to care for her daughter. Mary’s daughter, Sarah (age 9), according to her description has been detained by the Child Protection Center. The girl living with Mary was essentially the one pretending to be her ill-fated daughter.
The thought made Mary often scream when Sarah approached, refusing to pick her up. Despite the reassurances and affirmations from the family, Mary screamed in agony: “This is not my daughter, please return her to me.”
According to the initial evaluation of the treating doctors, Mary has delusional syndrome, also known as Capgras syndrome. This is not a rare disease but is often misdiagnosed into other mental illnesses.
Before Mary, since 1923 scientist Joseph Capgras and his partner Reboul-Lachaux have recorded similar cases. A woman in Paris has been described as bizarre as saying that her husband and children have been kidnapped, the relatives living in the house are actually fake.
This woman repeatedly asserted that she encountered a ghost and tried to prove that the man was not her husband. She resolutely divorced her “ghost” husband and took the time to look for real relatives.
In 1991, this expression was also seen with a 74-year-old woman when she claimed the man sleeping in the bed every night was “a fake”. Strangely, except her husband, this woman recognized all the other members.
In some records, many patients do not even recognize themselves when looking in the mirror. In 2015, a French man was “horrified” when he saw the stranger exactly like his appearance in the mirror.
Decipher the mysterious syndrome
According to NCBI, Capgras delusion is a mental disorder that causes patients to live in the minds of their relatives being duped by a fake with the same appearance and gestures identical to the “original”. The syndrome is named after Joseph Capgras – the first person to discover and study it.
People with Capgras are often surrounded by a layer of delusional beliefs related to identifying the identity and characteristics of their relatives, sometimes even themselves. Capgras is often misdiagnosed as schizophrenia, temporary memory loss or brain injury.
Capgras syndrome is most often associated with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Both of these illnesses affect memory and can change the actual feeling of people suffering from the world around them. Brain injury can also be one of the causes of the disease.
According to Healthline, until now, the treatment of Capgras is still a mystery. New studies show just how to reduce symptoms.
Treatments may include:
Use cholinesterase inhibitors, which help enhance neurotransmitters associated with memory and judgment, for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Using antipsychotics and treatment for people with schizophrenia.
Surgery when the patient has brain damage or head injury.
However, the most effective treatment is to create a positive environment, create a sense of security for the patient.
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