Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 197–202 | Cite as

Cotard’s syndrome: A review

  • Hans DebruyneEmail author
  • Michael Portzky
  • Frédérique Van den Eynde
  • Kurt Audenaert


Cotard’s syndrome is a rare disorder in which nihilistic delusions concerning one’s own body are the central feature. It is not listed as a specific disorder in the DSM-IV, as it is typically viewed as a part of other underlying disorders. However, it remains important to recognize the syndrome because specific underlying mechanisms are present, and prognostic and therapeutic consequences have to be taken into account. This review presents an up-to-date overview of Cotard’s syndrome, which was initially described more than a century ago.


Risperidone Duloxetine Attributional Style Underlying Disorder Schizophreniform Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Debruyne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Portzky
  • Frédérique Van den Eynde
  • Kurt Audenaert
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity Hospital GhentGhentBelgium

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