Cotard’s Delusion-DEAD MAN’S SKETCH


  • Dipankar Maiti
  • Victoria Sarvand



Capgras delusion, Melancholia, Migraine, Dissociative disorder, Catatonia, Dementia,Multiple sclerosis


Cotard’sdelusion (CD) is anerratic psychiatric disorder in which the patient believes to be dead, i.e., the patient holds
nihilistic delusions concerning his/her own existence. Taking into justification its rarity, and possible subdiagnosis due
to inexperience, most of the literature consists of case studies, confounding a more systematic approach and leading to
hitches in deciding the best clinical direction to offer the patient misery from CD. The patient eventuallygrieves from
nihilistic delusions that they no lengthier exist. Though the delusional disorder was first recognized in the 17th century by
Dr. Jules. It is neither classified under DSM-IV-TR nor ICD-10. There is main three main stages of this disease condition:
Germination stage, Blooming stage and Chronic stage. Detecting Cotard delusion is habitually difficult because most
organizations don’t distinguish it as a disease. Patients habitually receive medication and therapy. Medications used
to treat this delusional disorder include: Anti-anxiety, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, Mood stabilizers medications,
Psychotherapy, Play therapy etc. treatment modalitiesNevertheless,Cotard syndrome have been described in connotation
with many other affective disorders, it is less often found in patients with catatonia.

Author Biographies

  • Dipankar Maiti

    Nursing Tutor, Sushrutha College of Nursing, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, India

  • Victoria Sarvand

    Professor & HOD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecological Nursing, Adichunchanagiri College of Nursing, Adichunchanagiri University, B.G.Nagara, Mandya,Karnataka, India




How to Cite

Cotard’s Delusion-DEAD MAN’S SKETCH. (2022). International Journal of Psychiatric Nursing , 9(1), 8-14.