10 Bizarre Brain Disorders That Are Mistaken For Psychiatric Problems Instead

4Othello Syndrome

Also called OS, it is named after the Shakespearean character Othello who was consumed with jealousy out of the false assumption that his wife Desdemona was having an affair that he ended up killing her.  People suffering from OS have the same problem and suffer from delusions and jealousy towards their spouses whom they constantly accuse of infidelity. There are some who may even have hallucinations that their spouse is having intercourse with someone else.

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OS can also instigate violence

But here is something you may find funny and laughable because research says that OS usually attacks older people at age 68 and above. Well, it’s natural if you have a younger wife. It was also found in people who suffered neurological disease that affected the frontal lobe of the brain. It could also be caused by dopamine therapy in Parkinson’s. What’s weird is that in certain advanced cases, OS could continue even after the demise of the spouse. One of the worst effects of OS is aggression and violence.

OS can also instigate violence
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5Ecstatic Epileptic Seizures

Also called an ecstatic aura, it can occur in the very first moments of a seizure. It was described by the famous author Dostoevsky “I would experience such joy as would be inconceivable in ordinary life. I would feel the most complete harmony in myself and in the whole world and this feeling was so strong and sweet that for a few seconds of such bliss I would give 10 or more years of my life, even my whole life perhaps.”

Ecstatic Epileptic Seizures
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It felt like a blissful experience

One 53-year-old teacher described her experience of the problem as feeling out of this world. It was a feeling of total serenity, peace and no worries. It felt calm and peaceful and almost religious.  Researchers are yet to find out the accurate reasons but feel that ecstatic epileptic seizures were similar to near-death experiences. What they do know however is that it only happens to 1 or 2% of temporal lobe epilepsy patients and begins in the insular cortex.  Such patients reported a sense of well being and heightened awareness as well as feeling blissful.

It felt like a blissful experience
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Those suffering from this disease get violent and enraged at the smallest of sounds that are not noticed usually by people. These could be like gum chewing, bubble gum popping, slurping soup, chewing food, footsteps etc. They start getting highly irritable, their fists may clench, their hearts will start pounding and they may experience uncontrollable anxiety. The odd thing is that patients of Misophonia don’t mind loud noises; it’s just that small ones they cannot stand.

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When does it start?

Misophonia can be diagnosed as early as childhood or in teen years. The condition can worsen over time where patients begin to identify trigger sounds and even soft breathing noises can set them off with an episode. Several patients of Misophonia have been misdiagnosed with PTSD. Research feels it is the cause of fault brain wiring in the brain area responsible for emotions.

When does it start
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