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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 25 (1983) 10, 665 - 675

Short report

Cotard's syndrome

J.A.C. Bleeker, H. Sno

In the original publication Cotard's syndrome is characterized by delusions of nihilism or even immortality combined in some cases with depression and/or negativism. The literature does not support the often held belief that it is a distinct nosological entity. Nihilistic delusions of immortality are particularly troublesome to the patient, and for that reason deserve special attention. For treatment diagnosis of the underlying condition is essential.