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After a bout of depression and an attempted suicide, Graham woke up utterly convinced he was dead.Writing in New Scientist magazine, Graham admitted: “I didn't want to face people. There was no point. I didn't feel pleasure in anything. I used to idolise my car, but I didn't go near it. All the things I was interested in went away. I lost my sense of smell and my sense of taste. There was no point in eating because I was dead. It was a waste of time speaking as I never had anything to say.”Graham spent time at his local cemetery, because “it was the closest I could get to death.”Luckily, Cotard’s syndrome is very rare, affecting just a few hundred people at any one time.On Bing: more on Cotard's syndrome

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Think again...Hugh Wilson2013-06-10T08:15:002013-06-10T08:15:00 trueThe strangest health disorders suffered by men.A British man has been describing his experience of living with Cotard’s syndrome, which is more popularly known as ‘walking corpse syndrome’.The man - known only as Graham - lost the will to eat and even talk, and can only now live a more normal life after years of intense therapy.Here’s more on Graham’s experience, and nine more of the strangest health disorders suffered by men.Please click on the image above to view the rest of the storytopThe strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)The strangest health disorders suffered by men. - 1(©Everett Collection Rex Features)Walking corpseAfter a bout of depression and an attempted suicide, Graham woke up utterly convinced he was dead.Writing in New Scientist magazine, Graham admitted: “I didn't want to face people. There was no point. I didn't feel pleasure in anything. I used to idolise my car, but I didn't go near it. All the things I was interested in went away. I lost my sense of smell and my sense of taste. There was no point in eating because I was dead. It was a waste of time speaking as I never had anything to say.”Graham spent time at his local cemetery, because “it was the closest I could get to death.”Luckily, Cotard’s syndrome is very rare, affecting just a few hundred people at any one time.On Bing: more on Cotard's syndrometopWalking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Walking corpse - 2(©c.AMC-Everett-Rex Features)Foreign accent syndromeIn 2009 Chris Gregory from Yorkshire woke up after an operation speaking in a broad Irish accent. He’d never even visited the Emerald Isle.Foreign accent syndrome is rare but well documented in medical literature. Doctors believe it is triggered following a stroke or head injury, when tiny areas of the brain linked with language, accent and speech patterns are damaged. Sufferers don’t actually take on the accent of a foreign country, but listeners often interpret the strange new speech patterns as mimicking a real accent.On Bing: more on Foreign accent syndrometopForeign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)Foreign accent syndrome - 3(©Getty Images)ElephantiasisThose living in the tropics have many reasons to be fearful of the tiny mosquito, and one is the painful, disfiguring and hugely distressing condition called lymphatic filariasis, otherwise known as elephantiasis. As the name suggests, the condition - spread by our old flying foe - results in the painful swelling of limbs, genitals or breasts. The condition is caused by a tiny parasitic worm that lodges itself in the lymphatic system and multiplies at a terrifying rate.On Bing: more on elephantiasistopElephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Elephantiasis - 5(©ASSOCIATED PRESS)Frégoli syndromeSufferers of Frégoli syndrome become paranoid to the point of believing that many people are in fact one person adopting many disguises. Sufferers often feel persecuted, and see their persecutor in (for example) the person of a shop assistant that serves them, another customer passing them as they leave the shop, and even in the policeman who comes to their aid.It sounds like a bad spy movie, but Frégoli syndrome can be the real result of stroke, head injuries or seizures. Treatment usually improves symptoms.On Bing: more on Frégoli syndrometopFrégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)Frégoli syndrome - 6(©Getty Images)LipodystrophyIn 2008 newspapers reported the story of John Perry, the man who couldn’t get fat. Perry ate his bodyweight in pies, burgers, chips, chocolate and Chinese takeaways and never put on so much as a pound.After a decade of tests, Perry was diagnosed with a form of lipodystrophy, which meant his body produced six times the normal level of insulin. Insulin breaks down fat in the body.On Bing: more on lipodystrophytopLipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Lipodystrophy - 7(©Peter Dazeley-Getty Images)Hyperthymestic syndromeIf you give someone suffering from this rare disorder a date they can usually tell you what they were doing that day, and even what was happening in the wider world. They can often do the same for nearly every day of their adult lives.Unlike others in this list, hyperthymestic syndrome is more of an ability than a disability. The handful of people known to have it can live perfectly normal lives. Furthermore, if you were to get out an old black and white family photo from the 1960s, they might tell you when and where it was taken, what the weather was like and what they ate for supper. Get one of them on your pub quiz team and you’ll be quids in.On Bing: more on hyperthymestic syndrometopHyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)Hyperthymestic syndrome - 8(©Voisin-Phanie-Rex Features)CataplexyLike its close relation narcolepsy, this neurological condition leads to people falling face first into their dinner plates, and similarly undignified accidents. But cataplexy sufferers don’t fall asleep - they simply lose all muscle tone and collapse. Episodes are prompted by strong emotions: if they laugh, cry or get scared, sufferers are liable to end up on the floor - sometimes up to 40 times a day.On Bing: more on cataplexytopCataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Cataplexy - 9(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorderIn this freakish psychological condition sufferers actually want to have a limb amputated. The arm or leg in question feels alien and uncomfortable, as if it belongs to someone else. The disorder is thought to occur because of a fault in the brain’s body-mapping system, which refuses to accept the limb in question. Sufferers often report feelings of relief and happiness when the limb is amputated.On Bing: more on body integrity identity disordertopBody integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Body integrity identity disorder - 10(©Monkey Business Images-Rex Features)Congenital pain insensitivityThis may sound to many men like a disorder worth having: imagine taking punch after punch and never feeling pain? You’d be a superhero, or a very good boxer!But then think again. Pain is a natural response to danger. If you don't feel pain, you don't get out of situations that are damaging your body. Imagine biting off the tip of your tongue and barely noticing, or breaking a bone and not seeking immediate medical attention to correctly reset the damage? Some sufferers die early deaths from treatable injuries they simply fail to notice or take seriously.Happily, most of these disorders are extremely rare, and one or two are unknown in the UK. But they serve to show that, despite rapidly advancing medicine, there are still some medical conditions that leave even the best doctors and scientists scratching their heads.topCongenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)Congenital pain insensitivity - 11(©Getty Images)

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