Ms. believed she was a chicken and was found by her brother, who chuckled and blew his cheeks because of a rare mental disorder associated with depression
- The married 54-year-old cackled and crowed like a rooster in a garden
- Her brother took her to a hospital near her home in Belgium after the incident
- After an attack she ever forgot to think she was a chicken and was embarrassed
- Scientists said she was suffering from a mental disorder associated with depression
A woman chuckling like a chicken in her garden could actually be suffering from a mental disorder associated with depression, scientists say.
The married 54-year-old, whose name was not released, had a permanent job in a pharmacy in Belgium and had no history of drug or alcohol abuse before the sudden episode.
Her brother found her in her garden, blew her cheeks and crowed like a rooster before, according to a report, decided to take her to the hospital.
While she was there, she told the doctors that she was a chicken and described a new feeling in her legs.
The married 54-year-old from Belgium had a steady job in a Belgian pharmacy and no history of drug or alcohol abuse before the sudden episode in which she thought she was a chicken.
Only when she had an attack did she seem to break away.
After the attack, she had little memory of acting like a chicken and was embarrassed when her family told her what had happened.
The woman, who has suffered from depression since the death of a family member, was able to return to work one year later.
Cases of zoanthropy in which a person believed to be an animal were not sufficiently reported, researchers from KU Leuven, a university in the Flemish city, said in the medical journal Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie.
Scientists said patients find it difficult to explain their thoughts.
Between 1850 and 2012 there were 56 examples of the disease in medical and historical literature. Patients have described that they feel like a dog, lion, tiger, hyena, shark, crocodile, frog, cattle, cat, goose, rhino, rabbit, horse, snake, bird, wild boar, gerbil and a bee.
Her brother found her in her garden, blew her cheeks and crowed like a rooster before, according to a report, decided to take her to the hospital (file picture).
The disease has been associated with underlying psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, psychotic depression, and bipolar mood disorder.
Symptoms can typically last from an hour to several decades, with delusions occurring more often in rural and non-industrial areas.
"Clinical zoanthropy or the belief that you've transformed into an animal is a rare delusion," the researchers wrote.
& # 39; There are different views on its pathogenesis. This deception can occur with an underlying psychiatric disorder, but it can also be secondary to structural or functional disorders of the brain. & # 39;
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