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Alien Hand Syndrome...very interesting

*~Sapna~* IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 17 February 2007 at 10:59am | IP Logged

Hello guys…

Here is a serious post by Sapna and Naina… well Naina is waise bhi pretty serious…(AngryAngry By Naina LOL) but as u all know Sapna is very sweet… lol (Yeah right! LOL By Naina)

Anyway now back to the topic…we would like to tell u all that me and Naina will be posting information about some psychological problems once or twice a month… so hope u guys like our posts because we will be working very hard on them… the information that we will be gathering will be through google and various websites and we would not be taking any credit for any other person's writing… in some parts of the post we would try to write it in our own words…so it becomes easier for every age group to read it all…

Now our first psychological problem is Alien Hand Syndrome… Alien Hand Syndrome is very rare…but since it is a very unbelievable illness…and that most ppl don't know about it… we will give u all some info about it…

Alien hand syndrome (anarchic hand or Dr. Strangelove syndrome) is an unusual neurological disorder, a form of apraxia in which one of the sufferer's hands seems to take on a mind of its own. (Apraxia: In general, the diagnostic term "apraxia" can be used to classify the inability of a person to perform voluntary and skillful movements of one or more body parts, even though thno evidence of underlying muscular paralysis, incoordination, or sensory deprivation.)


An alien hand sufferer can feel normal sensation in the hand, but believes that the hand, while still being a part of their body, behaves in a manner that is totally distinct from him- or herself. They feel that they have no control over the movements of the alien hand, but that, instead, the hand has the capability of acting independent of their conscious voluntary control. Alien hands can perform complex acts such as undoing buttons or removing clothing.  Sometimes the sufferer will not be aware of what the alien hand is doing until it is brought to his or her attention.  There is a clear distinction between the behaviors of the two hands in which the affected hand is viewed as "wayward" and sometimes "disobedient" and generally out of the realm of their own voluntary control, while the unaffected hand is under normal volitional control.


Though, there is no certain known cause but the general accepted theory as toe the case of Alien Hand Syndrome is that it results when disconnection occurs between different parts of the brain that are engaged in different aspects of the control of bodily movement. As a result, different regions of the brain are able to command bodily movements, but cannot generate a conscious feeling of self-control over these movements. There is thus a dissociation between the process associated with the actual execution of the physical movements of the limb and the process that produces an internal sense of voluntary control over the movements, with this latter process thus creating the internal conscious sensation that the movements are being internally initiated, controlled and produced by an active self. This may involve an abnormality in the brain mechanism that differentiates between "re-afference" (ie. the return of kinesthetic sensation from the self-generated 'active' limb movement) and "ex-afference" (ie. kinesthetic sensation generated from an externally-produced 'passive' limb movement).


Although there is no known formal (primary) treatment for Alien Hand Syndrome at this time, the symptoms can be reduced by keeping the alien hand occupied and involved in a task, for example by giving it an object to hold.


I (Sapna) studied this in class…and we were shown a movie…it was really scary how this women diagnosed with Alien Hand Syndrome was choking herself with her Alien hand at night…she was about to die… or there was another case where the person was about to choke her own cat… the most difficult thing about this is that the person would almost be worried about the Alien hand…its like living with ur enemy…and not being able to do anything about it…because the enemy is a part of urself…

Here is a video that you can watch on the subject:

Do watch this trailer too:

Well guys this was some information about Alien Hand Syndrome...We hope that it was useful…and would appreciate if u guys would comment on what we could change for our other posts regarding other mental illnesses…


The two very sweet ppl…

Naina and Sapna

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diyafah IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 17 February 2007 at 11:08am | IP Logged
wow sapna..awesum info!i never new of this disease b4!

Edited by diyafah - 17 February 2007 at 11:08am
love_bug Newbie

Joined: 09 August 2006
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Posted: 17 February 2007 at 11:11am | IP Logged
Ha ha.. liked the "alien Hand Syndrome" footage!! really nice.
-Pinky- IF-Dazzler

Joined: 02 July 2006
Posts: 4074

Posted: 17 February 2007 at 11:27am | IP Logged
wow never heard of it b4..very interesting!!thanx for sharing! Smile
cuteluv Goldie

Joined: 06 April 2006
Posts: 1059

Posted: 17 February 2007 at 11:37am | IP Logged
OMG!!! This disorder is so scary
anku2cute IF-Sizzlerz

Joined: 26 June 2005
Posts: 17842

Posted: 17 February 2007 at 12:24pm | IP Logged
ohh wow sapna n naina very nice info Tongue ....i thnk i hv heard abt it bt nt so much Smile

wl b gr8 2 c ur posts on such topics...topics wid science knowledge Smile
Naina_Manam IF-Dazzler

Joined: 06 September 2005
Posts: 2926

Posted: 17 February 2007 at 12:29pm | IP Logged
Thanks Sapna for posting it!

Yes, this is a very scary syndrome.. can you imagine not having control over your hand? Scary.
miss5stars IF-Rockerz

Joined: 15 August 2006
Posts: 5890

Posted: 17 February 2007 at 1:12pm | IP Logged
mein tho daar gayi !! Embarrassed
wow thts soo scarey
i will share this with my daddy Embarrassed

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