Cotard’s Syndrome

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  1. Cotard’s syndrome is named after Jules Cotard, a French neurologist who described the condition in 1880.
  2. It is a syndrome whose central feature is nihilistic delusions.
  3. The most prominent features of Cotard’s syndrome are depressive mood (89%), nihilistic delusions concerning one’s own body (86%), nihilistic delusions concerning one’s own existence (69%), anxiety (65%), delusions of guilt (63%), delusions of immortality (55%) and Hypochondriacal delusions (58%).
  4. Also known as Délire de négation.


Cotard's Syndrome
Debruyne, H., Portzky, M., Van den Eynde, F., & Audenaert, K. (2009). Cotard’s syndrome: a review. Current psychiatry reports, 11(3), 197-202.