10 Bizarre Brain Disorders That Are Mistaken For Psychiatric Problems Instead
7Developmental Topographical Disorientation
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This is a condition where a patient will repeatedly hear musical sounds where there is no music playing. They could be real enough to make a patient feel as if an orchestra is playing in their home or surroundings. It could also be popular songs or melodies. The problem isn’t related to psychosis but the fault of a hearing impairment where the brain does not predict what a person is actually hearing but something else instead.
All because of a brain error
One such patient called Sylvia found out that listening to real music stopped the hallucinations. By imaging and scans on her brain, doctors identified the regions with the increased hallucinogenic activity. The research helped doctors understand that our brains can only hear one actual chord and predicts the following notes on past experiences of having heard them. In an inaccurate prediction, the brain will then try to predict something new to minimize the error. As the problem progresses, the hallucinogenic sounds increase in intensity and duration.
Frontotemporal Dementia is just the opposite of Alzheimer’s. It destroys nerve cells in the frontal lobes and causes behavioral problems that lead to memory loss. It usually attacks people between 45-65. The behavioral stage shows up early and can be mistaken for psychiatric problems. Like dementia, it destroys the quality of life and causes atrophy of the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Patients can develop sweet cravings, become violent, hyperactive, hypersexual and impulsive. The hardest symptom that families find difficult to cope with is when patients lose feeling for others.
Mcleod syndrome is caused by an inherited XKgene mutation. It is a neurological disease which occurs mostly in midlife and just 150 men in the world are affected by it. About 50% of the patients will have seizures, and other symptoms may include muscle weakness and muscle atrophy, involuntary jerking of limbs, vocal grunting