Disorder of the Day #1

After reflecting on my year of blogging, and the subsequent downslide of readers, I have come to the conclusion that changes must be made.  One suggestion from somewhere by someone was that blogs should have a niche.  I think this might also be known as a “gimmick”.  I have thought long and hard, and fallen asleep, and then woke up, and now have come to the conclusion that I will appeal to the hypochondriac hamsters who read my blog by offering you a new diabolical diagnosis every once in awhile.  It won’t be daily, although that is implied in the title of this post.  I like alliteration, and “Disease/Disorder of the Moment during Which I Feel Like Writing About It” did not really seem to flow.

Have you ever looked at a loved one, and thought, he/she is an alien, and I probably should club him or her over the head with the frying pan to save mankind?  If you do not live near Roswell, and have not recently had any unexplained power outages or crop circles in your back yard, then you, my friend, may suffer from Capgras Syndrome.

Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen and Hamsters, this is a true disorder from which people can suffer.  Sometimes, the poor patients become convinced that an impostor has taken over a close friend or family member – an impostor that looks identical to the true person.  This, as I am sure you can understand, can be quite disconcerting.  Sharing a bedroom with an alien pretending to be your spouse can tend to put one a bit on edge.

There are different thoughts as to the causes of Capgras Syndrome.  One of the world’s most famous neuroscientists, V.S. Ramachandran, believes that it is related to a disconnect between the parts of the brain that recognize faces and emotions.  This structural defect could be brought on by a physical incident, such as a car accident.  Other scientists surmise that it is purely a psychological issue.

Despite all of my research, I have found no evidence that this is a syndrome that occurs once a month, usually lasting about a week.  So, I think my husband and I will need to do a bit more investigating to uncover the reason for our own apparently cyclical personality changes.  We cannot seem to agree on which one of us is the impostor.  Which is worse – to be the person who suspects a loved one of having his or her body taken over by aliens, or to be the person who actually was taken over by aliens and doesn’t believe it when you tell them (I’m not sure what they call that syndrome)?  You can see our dilemma.

So, the next time you look at your husband, wife, or child, and think, “This person is acting completely out of character,” rest assured.  The problem you think is a problem is not really the problem you think it is.  In other words – it’s not them, it’s you.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or psychiatrist, and I’m not particularly intelligent, so don’t go bonking your husband or wife on their noggin with a kitchen appliance and blame it on this post.

Um, Hon, I was just wondering. Since when did you start wearing knit caps? And smoking a pipe? On a street corner.
photo credit: liber via photo pin cc


Posted on July 31, 2012, in Disorder of the Day, Humor, Memory Loss, Phobia and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. LOL…… My wife used to have this… Amazing how the symptoms were so similiar… think you are on to something here.. hehehe

  2. OMG! I know you are being tongue-in-cheek here but when I was a kid I actually experienced nearly a year of this – not kidding!

  3. I have one sitting downstairs in the living room, staring at the TV, and he has no monthly issue to blame, only a daily golf habit, of which I am suspect. Thanks for a great post.

  4. 1. – My brother IS an alien
    2. – You need to read ‘The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat’ by Oliver Sacks. Each chapter will offer you a new and fascinating disorder AND have the readers stampeding to you fabulous blog!

  5. Hahaha. Love that picture. And I think this disorder/diagnosis post ‘gimmick’ is definitely a winner – can’t wait for the next instalment! 🙂

  6. Anyway, continuing on from what I said earlier, I really did experience this weird syndrome (please cancel this comment if you think it isn’t sort of fitting – ha) – I was around 10 years old and all of a sudden my dad’s facial expression seemed a bit off and I thought maybe he wasn’t my dad after all – this went on (in the privateness of my mind) to include my younger brothers. I finally confided this to my mother who was the only one I trusted to be who she really was and she reassured me and settled me down to sleep and she actually had to do this repeatedly over several months – she must’ve wondered. This is the first time I have ever heard mention that it might be some sort of weird condition. Luckily my episode only lasted a year but your post really got me wondering about people for whom this never goes away. For me it was absolutely terrifying!

  7. If, during your long hours of research, you ever find out about the cyclical monthly phenomena of being hijacked by aliens, let me know. The boyfriend is demanding answers and I’m just as confused as he is. 😉

  8. That explains so much…

  9. That is one creepy looking dude.

  10. I believe it. I don’t like the picture!!

  11. No worries. I know my wife is an alien.
    Despite her insistence that I’m the alien.

  12. I think your funny blog does not need any gimmick, I think your drop in readership is due to summer. (I’ve been forced to neglect my favorite blogs the past month, including my own, because my entire life is upside down!)
    The disorder idea is a good one – as long as it does not crowd out the Firepants family adventures 😉

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