What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “syndrome”? It must be some sort of disease. Well, the answer is no.
A syndrome is a collection of traits or distinctive features that run together. In fact, the term syndrome itself originates from the Greek words – syn meaning together and drome meaning running.
I’m pretty sure a lot of you have heard of some of the more common syndromes like Down Syndrome, Stockholm Syndrome, etc. However, there are certain syndromes that are actually quite ominous.
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Though it’s often been used in terrifying plot twists, Alien Hand Syndrome is hardly limited to the fictional world. Those with this scary, but fortunately rare, mental disorder experience a complete loss of control of a hand or limb.
The uncontrollable limb often seems to take on a mind and will of its own, and sufferers have reported their “alien” limb attempting to choke either themselves or others, ripping clothing, or scratching to the point of blood.
This is only one of the very few scary syndromes that are there. Here’s a video of some of the most sinister syndromes:
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Sources: Psychology Today, Times of India, CNN
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