A Model of Cotard’s Syndrome – A Secondary Consequence of Antiviral Treatment for Coldsores

I’ve made a brief mention of  Cotard’s here before – to be convinced that one’s self is dead (see also, toward the end). Via @robertmckenna, here’s an amazing piece which suggests that: Via New Scientist, the bizarre, unintended side effect of a cold sore medication suggests that it may be possible to engineer a drug that induces the living-dead mental state: Pharmacologists have… Read More

DSM 5 controversies and a ‘novel’ reading of its contents

The new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, version 5 was released in May, attended by DSM 5 Controversies in the media, blogs and the academic literature (see this also). Thomas Insell (Director of the NIMH) comments that The goal of this new manual, as with all previous editions, is to provide a common language for describing psychopathology. While DSM has been described as a “Bible”… Read More