Delusional misidentification: Mistaking your mom for a stranger

Delusional misidentification syndromes are a group of rare disorders that result in bizarre delusions. For the first time, neuroscientists have uncovered the neuroanatomy that underlies these strange experiences.Breaking research delves into the neuroanatomy behind delusional misidentification syndrome. Identified around a century ago, delusional misidentification syndrome (DMS) is an umbrella term for a group of delusional disorders. All DMSs include the belief that something – an object, person, or place – has been changed in some way. In other conditions that involve delusions, such as schizophrenia, a large chunk of the patient’s perception of the external world has changed. With DMS, however, it is only one particular object that becomes the focus of the delusions. Hence, DMS is referred to as a monothematic delusion. …


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