Strange Diseases and Disorders

The following is a summary of 10 very bizarre diseases and disorders that affect the human population. Stay tuned for a follow up article highlighting more bizarre diseases.

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10. Morgellons Disease

This mysterious illness is described by the CDC as Unexplained Dermopathy and manifests almost science fiction-like symptoms. Sufferers complain of intensely creepy-crawly feeling, described as bugs crawling under the surface of the skin. Also they complain of odd fibrous strands of blue, red, and black which protrude from open wounds. Some in the medical community blame the “disease” on psychotic delusion, but others say the symptoms are very real as the strands can actually be viewed under the microscope! Learn more at the Morgellons Research Foundation.

9. Capgras Delusion

Capgras delusion, or syndrome, is a mental disorder in which those who suffer from it believe certain people are impostors. They will see a friend, spouse, or even themselves in a mirror, and believe they are seeing an exact double or an impostor. Also inanimate objects like a chair or watch will be seen as a replica. Sometimes the person’s pet is simply seen as a strange animal loose in their house.

These patients are often so disturbed when they see an “imposter” in the mirror that they actually remove all mirrors from their house. Those who are married “secretly know” their spouse really isn’t their spouse, despite looking, talking, and behaving exactly like their spouse. Thus they keep the “secret” to themselves and accept living with an impostor. View more information here.

8. Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

This disease is often fatal and is really a degenerative neurological disorder and is closely related to Mad Cow Disease. It can be contracted by eating contaminated beef. It results in dementia, memory loss and hallucinations accompanied by rigid, jerky movements and seizures. It is caused by abnormal proteins present in infected cattle or people. These proteins, known as prions, are resistant to heat, disinfectant and are the culprit in killing brain cells. There is no cure. For more information, visit the CJD Foundation.

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7. Trichotillomania

Commonly known as the Trich, this mental disorder results in self-induced hair loss…by plucking. Those suffering from the trich have a compulsion to pull their hair out. But not just on the head, but from everywhere on their body: on their face, under their arms, on their legs, and even their eyebrows and eyelashes. This rare disease can manifest itself in infants, but generally peaks between the ages of 9-16. It is believed to be triggered by depression and stress in those who are susceptible to it. Those with the trich may also excessively pluck their skin and bite their nails. More information can be found at the Trichotillomania Learning Center.

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  1. doctor,you show new diseases,it is in world know

  2. good share

  3. Gives much to think and know Dr…. Excellent share and thanks for that.

  4. Very intresting and deferant

  5. woah they are scary…

  6. Thank for all the comments. I’m working on a new post highlighting 10 more bizarre disorders…stay tuned!

  7. oh my god! very funny, but also scary! :-D

  8. Wow…weird…I just figured out that I have the hair pulling disorder….

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