Effect of Cultural Themes on Forming Cotard's Syndrome: Reporting a Case of Cotard's Syndrome with Depersonalization and Out of Body Experience Symptoms
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2013 Fall;7(2):91-3. Effect of Cultural Themes on Forming Cotard's Syndrome: Reporting a Case of Cotard's Syndrome with Depersonalization and Out of Body Experience Symptoms. Ghaffari Nejad A1, Mehdizadeh Zare Anari A2, Pouya F3.
Cotard's syndrome is a rare psychiatric syndrome. Its core symptom is nihilistic ideation or delusion.
A female patient with Cotard's syndrome symptoms associated with out of body experience and depersonalization, and complicated grief was referred for evaluation. She believed that she was killed by a creature named "Aal" in the Persian folklore.
Conclusions: Cultural and superstitious beliefs could affect the forming of the complex constellation of the patient's symptoms including Cotard's syndrome symptoms. The resolution of symptoms might be achieved step by step.
DECLARATION OF INTEREST:
Cotard’s Syndrome; Cultural Themes; Depersonalization