Instead of Human Faces, She Saw Reptiles

February 26, 2018

Well, maybe more of us needs to be committed then.
She apparently just sees them.
-SD

In July 2011, a woman presented at a psychiatric clinic in the Netherlands reporting something truly bizarre: for her entire life she’d seen multiple peoples’ faces change into dragon-like faces – an hallucination that occurred many times a day.

“She could perceive and recognise actual faces, but after several minutes they turned black, grew long, pointy ears and a protruding snout, and displayed a reptiloid skin and huge eyes in bright yellow, green, blue, or red,” the research team wrote in The Lancet in 2014.

“She saw similar dragon-like faces drifting towards her many times a day from the walls, electrical sockets, or the computer screen, in both the presence and absence of face-like patterns, and at night she saw many dragon-like faces in the dark.”

The 52-year-old was suffering from what’s known as prosopometamorphopsia; a psychiatric disorder in which faces appear distorted.

The researchers couldn’t work out what was causing this to occur. They performed a host of different brain scans including MRI, electroencephalogram (EEG), and neurological examinations, as well as blood tests. All were normal.

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