My patient suffered from a variation of Capgras syndrome, in which people are replaced by inexact duplicates. It has been considered rare, but the more I work with geriatric patients, the more I am diagnosing it.
The disorder was first described in 1923 by the French psychiatrists Joseph Capgras and Jean Reboul-Lachaux. They treated a 53-year-old who believed that her husband, her children, her neighbors and even she had been replaced by exact “doubles” in a plot to steal her property.
In Capgras, there is an uncoupling of perception and recognition that leads many investigators to theorize that there may be a neurological, organic cause that remains unknown. Psychoanalysts have seen Capgras as an unusual form of displacement in which the patient rejects the loved one whenever negative features have to be attributed.
Yet guilt and ambivalence prevent the patient from becoming conscious of the rejection. The bad feelings are displaced to a double, who is an impostor and may safely be rejected. Anna Freud thought this delusion allowed patients to defend themselves against loss and distress about changes in close relationships.
After resuming her medicine, my patient quickly lost her belief that her husband, parents and psychiatrist were doubles. When she was healthy enough to return to outpatient treatment, I asked whether she had ever seen the movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” She said no.
I thought I’d better not explain the plot to her.
The medical industry in the U.S. is so utterly and completely compromised by greed, misinformation and just plain, old fashion American stupidity and ignorance, that 'doctors' like Ms. Berman (the author of the above article from the NY Times, September 11, 2007) often times actually do more harm than good - a notion similar to that found in the 'inverted' (and Satanic) totalitarian world of Fahrenheit 451.
Except nothing short of treason from The New York Times, a unrepentant shill for the pharmaceutical industry, the pornification of American, neo-con imperialist aggression (as evidenced by Judith Miller's dual NY Times- Pentagon employment in the lead up to the Iraq War) and unquestioning support for the illegal Occupation of Palestine.
Antonin Artaud suffered from Capgras 'delusion' as well (see Deleuze and Guattari's two volumes on Capitalism and Schizophrenia - keep in mind, these are, in part, pataphysical texts), which may also be a result of longterm, undiagnosed hypothyrodism (more rare conditions include Hashimoto's Thyroiditis and Hashimoto's Encaphalopathy). This possibly leads to a physiological condition known as Myxedema Madness (see full text, pdf file). The thyroid (meaning 'shield' in Greek) is commonly described in medical literature as having a 'butterfly-like' shape. The butterfly designation should also be of interest to those who have studied the MK-ULTRA mind control program known as Monarch, which involves trauma, sexual abuse and the creation of multiple personalities in children.
To paraphrase Pablo Picasso: no experience, however strange or hallucinatory, is not without its validity or significance; and the 'delusions' of the 'patient' described above probably contain some degree of truth and relevance. Perhaps what the 'patient' is experiencing is not necessarily true Capgras 'delusion' but the vague sensation that the faculties of those previously near and dear to her have been compromised in some horrific, yet very subtle way.
As mentioned in a previous archive:
In Between Two Ages: America's Role in the Technetronic Era, Zbigniew Brzezinski (the National Security Advisory during the Carter Administration) writes:
Gordon J. F. Macdonald, a geophysicist specializing in problems of warfare, has written that accurately timed, artificially excited strokes 'could lead to a pattern of oscillations that produce relatively high power levels over certain regions of the earth... In this way, one could develop a system that would seriously impair the brain performance of very large populations in selected regions over an extended period...
Macdonald is, of course, speaking of a HAARP type system, which Dr. Begich has also written extensively about in the past. I would venture to guess, from some of the recent goings on in my personal life and in the rest of human controlled planet earth - especially the U.S. and controlled territories, which have become the of embodiment of the faux ´liberation´ contained in the Futurist Manifesto of Lust (1912) and in Huxley´s 1932 Brave New World - that this system (probably one of many) is indeed operational.
The New York Times also recently 'celebrated' the rising stardom of teen Disney replicant Miley Cyrus in an article describing her popular television sitcom, Hannah Montana, as " an examination of the pleasures and pitfalls of multiple identity..." and essentially condoned pedophilia, group sex with underage teenagers, and child prostitution with the implication contained in the following headline:
You never forget your first concert, or your first urinal. And here at the Nassau Coliseum on Friday night, where some men’s rooms had been turned into emergency women’s rooms, at least a few girls saw both.
The government of Sweden attempts to completely ban corporate advertising aimed directly at children; for reasons Michael Eisner, CEO of Disney Corporation or Arthur Schultzberger, publisher of The New York Times, would not find particularly comfortable to the bottom line of their shareholders.
Years of Pentagon PSYOP and information war against the people of the U.S. has permeated through the culture down to the microscopic and (if you are not a 'souless one' ) the spirit level (see Eisenhower's farewell address) - reducing the population to what is essentially the role of somnambulistic agent for the criminally insane, psychopathic Corporate State.
It is safe to say at this point that if you even remotely have a heart, courage or much of a brain left, the epicenter of this New World Order (the U.S.) has become so degraded as to be rendered almost completely unlivable. And it is also safe to say that the 'spark' within experience that used to make each of us unique, individual beings has been brutally snuffed out by human arrogance and greed.
The standardization of the human 'product' has finally arrived and Aldous Huxley's Lenina has been officially anointed with the Mark of the Beast and Crowned queen of the world.
The Whore is now hardwired.