Did you know that…..
In 1880 the french psychiatrist Cotard described what he called “délire de negation” or delusional state of negation ?
The patient denies any existence to the surrounding reality, nothing exists, the world has disappeared. At first the patient claims he has lost all sensation throughout his body; his physical reality is denied and later he affirms that he does not exist.
Every thing is denied in this delusional state and even the possibility of his death is denied, the patient consideres himself immortal. In some cases the person becomes depressed and refuse food.
Nowadays Cotard’s Syndrome is included in the paranoid syndromes.
(Edited by Dr. María Moya Guirao, MD)