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Monday, January 10, 2011
Medical Mondays: Are You My Mother? Capgras Delusion
Today's Medical Mondays continues in the vein of the bizarre.
Capgras Delusion is a disorder where a person believes that their spouse, parent, child, or other close family member has been replaced by a look-alike and sound-alike imposter.
It's most commonly seen associated with schizophrenia, but can also be seen in cases of dementia or brain injury. Cases can last a short or very long time.
In literature, Capgras Delusion has been seen in:
Richard Power's The Echo Maker
Rivka Galchen's Atmospheric Disturbances
In movies, it was first seen in The Curse of the Cat People in 1944 and more contemporary TV shows like CSI, Law and Order, and Scrubs.
Capgras wouldn't be such a great disorder to have. It would brings a whole new meaning to the question, "Who's your Daddy?" Er, or Mommy?
And if you have a moment, check out Angela Felsted's blog where she's got one of my poems up for reading. Enjoy!