40 Scary and WTF Mental Disorders that sound too Insane to be True

11Narcissistic personality disorder

People with narcissistic personality disorder show a long-term pattern of abnormal behavior characterized by exaggerated feelings of self-importance, excessive need for admiration, and a lack of understanding of others' feelings. They cannot comprehend or accept any kind of criticism.


12Stendhal syndrome

When people are exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art or natural beauty they can come down with rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations. This psychosomatic disorder is called Stendhal syndrome. This is commonly seen in people visiting Florence after they are overwhelmed by Florentine art.


13Autophagia

There exists an impulse-control disorder known as autophagia. Sufferers of this disorder may experience tension or arousal and then proceed to eat a part of their body, often by simply biting and chewing compulsively. They may feel pleasure or gratification from this. In one particular case, a man began by biting his own nails and ended up severely mutilating his fingers.


14Genital Retraction Syndrome

There is a psychiatric condition called “koro,” otherwise known as Genital Retraction Syndrome which is seen mostly in Southeast Asian and Chinese men. The patient suffering from it suddenly grabs his penis, fearing it will retract into his abdomen, disappear and ultimately cause his death. Scientists consider that it is caused by psychosexual conflicts and cultural beliefs.


15Glass delusion

An unusual psychiatric disorder known as Glass Delusion swept through Europe during the late medieval period. People suffering from it believed that they were made out of glass, and feared that they might shatter into pieces. King Charles VI of France suffered from glass delusions. He refused to let people touch him and wore reinforced clothing to protect himself from accidentally shattering himself.


16Multiple Personality Disorder

People with Dissociative Identity Disorder, otherwise known as Multiple Personality Disorder, can undergo significant changes such as the need for glasses to correct vision, gain or lose an allergy, turn diabetes on and off, and even go from drunk to sober when switching personalities.


17Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Visual hallucinations are usually associated with schizophrenia or drug use, but there is a condition named Charles Bonnet Syndrome, which can cause a healthy person to experience visual hallucinations. It isn’t caused by any mental illness but caused by vision loss. One-third of the people whose eyesight starts deteriorating, experience vivid, cartoonish visual hallucinations. Victims mostly tend to see weird creatures and animals. The reason behind this is that the brain always expects sensory input from the eyes, but when it receives nothing due to vision loss; it creates its own inputs.


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18Motion Blindness

Akinetopsia or motion blindness is a neuropsychological disorder that makes sufferers unable to perceive motion. They can still see acutely and recognize objects normally, but to them, everything seems to be frozen in time only to “jump ahead” in time and freeze again. They often view life as a series of photographs or frozen movie reels.


19Fregoli delusion

Fregoli delusion is a psychological disorder that causes the person suffering from it to hold a delusional belief that every person he or she meets is in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. This disorder is usually caused by a brain lesion and it often has a paranoid nature, with the patient suffering from it believing that they are going to be persecuted by the person they believe is in disguise.


20Impostor syndrome

Impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome is a psychological pattern describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and suffer persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. One would think that erotomania, aka expecting that other person is ifatuated with you even their obvious “disinterest, marriage or financal status” is more common in men, but we rather normalize it, call it “friendzone” and blame women for it.

  2. I suffer from exploding head syndrome and I get it even when I’m not just waking up or falling asleep. I can feel a buzzing run up the back of neck, it gets right into my head and then I hear the loudest explosion and if I have my eyes closed I can see a very bright flash. I’ve had it all my life. I also suffer icepick headaches and sleep paralysis.

  3. why the hell is a graphic from the movie split the picture for DID? The term Multiple Personality Disorder was changed to Dissociative Identity Disorder in 1994 to better reflect the actual reality of the diagnosis first of all. second, Split was a psychological thriller that gave DID such a terrible stigma and reputation. It was not at all an accurate representation of DID.

  4. also borderline personality disorder should be on here tbh. it’s terrifying and it’s considered the most emotionally painful mental illness to live with, or even to watch someone else go through.

  5. another condition is called disjunctive cognition- and its more of a sleep mental disorder that I happen to have.

    its where the people (AND ANIMALS, AAAH!) in your dreams don’t have faces but you still know who they are. Eef…

  6. I definitely have misophonia and it sucks because almost every repetitive noise irritates me, sometimes to the point of insanity or violence, only if I can’t get away from it or get it to stop quick enough! Chewing loud, humming, and lightly singing to a song will drive me nuts!! Even if they’re not making a noise but doing something that would normally make a noise I don’t like bothers me! I hate always being agitated constantly

  7. can yall maybe actually research DID and rewright that portion or something? and maybe not use an image from “split” (which btw, is a very offensive media to people with DID/OSDD, as someone with osdd, like… bruhhh

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