Mental Health illness is a complex and dynamic phenomenon. There exist innumerable mental health conditions, most of which have no single identifiable cause. The prevalence of Mental health issues is not an uncommon sight. However, there are certain psychological conditions that mental health professionals may not even come across!
Did you know about any of these?
Aboulomania- To be or not to be? -is the beginning and premise of this disease.
People suffering from Aboulomania suffer from deranged willpower such that their everyday tasks become the deciding questions of their lives. To stay at home or go for a walk, to order Mexican food or Italian food, to call or text someone – these are questions they cannot answer without an eternity of dilemmas. This pathological indecisiveness is often associated with stress, anxiety, depression, and anguish.
Reduplicative paramnesia- this is not my house!
This is a delusional belief that a place (usually their home) has been duplicated or disguised. The people affected by this condition might even think that more than one of that places exists and the place has been shifted to another location. This condition is often associated with brain damage, strokes, tumor, or even dementia.
Lima Syndrome- hands-up! but I’d really like it if you help me
It is the opposite of Stockholm syndrome where the captors sympathize and identify with their hostage or victim. The disorder gets its name from Peruvian psychiatrist Mariano Querol whose kidnappers asked him for psychological advice and eventually ended up setting him free and even giving him cab fare!
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome- I have grown 9 inches since yesterday
Also known as Todd syndrome, AIWS is a neurological condition in which one’s perception of body image, time, or space is distorted. Those experiencing AIWS may have hallucinations, sensory distortion, and an altered sense of velocity. Though there is usually a cluster of symptoms, some common symptoms are frequent migraines, altered body image, panic and fear responses, etc. about the size and shape of parts of their bodies. These symptoms can trigger panic and fear responses. AIWS can even affect children between the ages of 5 and 10.
Stendhal Syndrome- This painting is so beautiful I can’t breathe(literally)
Those with Stendhal syndrome experience physical and emotional anxiety when exposed to art. The common symptoms include- panic attacks, dissociative experiences, confusion, and hallucinations. These symptoms are usually triggered by “art that is perceived as particularly beautiful or when the individual is exposed to large quantities of art that are concentrated in a single place,” such as a museum or gallery. Individuals may experience similar reactions to beauty in nature. This syndrome is named after a 19th-century French author who experienced the symptoms during a trip to Florence in 1817. Stendhal syndrome may also be called hyperculturemia or Florence syndrome.
A WORD FROM SOCIALLY SOULED
Despite their very mysterious and erratic nature, all of the above-mentioned mental illnesses are serious conditions. If you or anyone you know display some irrational beliefs and unusual behavior, seeking a mental health professional can always help you give valuable insight into the issue.