Experts say that 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental or neurological disorder in their lives. Some of those disorders are well-known, others are so rare and specific, that even professionals may find it difficult to diagnose them.
We will try to figure out how to spot some unknown and misunderstood mental illnesses.
1. Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
Also known as Todd Syndrome, this is a disorienting condition that affects a person’s perception, making them see their environment as distorted, just like Alice experienced in the book by shrinking to a cup’s size or growing too big for a house.
- Patients with Todd Syndrome are usually young people in their 20s who are suffering from brain tumors, strong migraines, or are in the beginning stages of Epstein-Barr virus.
- They will start to perceive distortion in the size and color of their surroundings, seeing objects as larger or smaller than their actual size, even including their own bodies.
- Sometimes confusing colors.
- The condition is rare and temporary, so another sign could be that it would stop in a matter of time.
2. Factitious Disorder
Most of us dislike the idea of getting sick, having to go to the hospital, and staying in bed suffering. But not people with Factitious Disorder. They are obsessed with having an illness and assuming the role of someone who is sick. This is caused by past trauma, child abuse or neglect, or severe disease. Some research suggests around 1% of the world population suffer from this mental disorder, which, though it has no cure, can be treated with psychotherapy.
- People with this disorder deliberately make themselves ill.
- Constant and eager visits to see a doctor and receive treatment at the hospital or through prescription medicine.
- Patients will often make up stories that involve never-ending symptoms that will help them go from doctor to doctor.
- They have a thorough knowledge of medical terminology.