Groundhog Day syndrome patient after believing Kindle was giving him the same pages over and over again
Real-life Groundhog Day syndrome patient: 80-year-old man forced to relive the same day over and over again due to a rare condition
Wouldn’t it be miserable to relive the same experiences over and over again?
Popular movies like Groundhog Day have explored this memory phenomenon, but in a new case report, this was the reality of one man.
Investigators discovered that he had a rare condition that made him think he was experiencing the same shows, movies and books repeatedly.
The anonymous man, who was 80 years old, believed that his e-book reader was malfunctioning, giving him the same pages to read over and over again.
When he contacted the manufacturer, it assured him that everything was working normally, according to the newspaper. BMJ Case Reports.
An 80-year-old retired man thought his Kindle was malfunctioning, giving him the same pages to read over and over again. In reality, he suffered from déjà vécu, the persistent false feeling that events are happening repeatedly.
MRIs of the patient’s brain showed signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
She also asked a technician to fix her TV because she thought it was playing the same news repeatedly.
‘Each day is a repetition of the previous day… Each [television] session is identical,’ said the patient.
‘Wherever I go, the same people are on the side of the road, the same cars behind me with the same people in them… the same person gets out of the cars wearing the same clothes, carrying the same bags, saying the same thing. . the same things.’
‘Nothing is new.’
His family could not convince him that these were misperceptions.
The researchers described the phenomenon as déjà vécu. Unlike the more familiar déjà vu, or feeling like something you are currently experiencing has already happened, déjà vécu is a persistent false feeling that events are happening over and over again.
The patient had difficulties with memory and had a tendency to merge two stories into one. The team performed cognitive tests and brain scans on him and also found signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of diseases that mark progressive and permanent cognitive decline.
The disease usually develops later in life, with 73 percent of patients diagnosed after the age of 75.
The researchers stated that déjà vécu was first described in 1896 as “a pathological form of déjà vu”.
Although the condition is considered rare, the researchers said it has been seen in a handful of Alzheimer’s patients.
a similar case report of 2021 described déjà vécu in an 84-year-old woman in Amsterdam, although those researchers ruled out dementia. The woman believed that television shows and live sporting events were replays, and she would approach random people in public because she thought they were known.
The patient showed no signs of improvement after treatment.
“However, unlike Groundhog Day, déjà vécu does not usually have a happy ending,” investigators of the woman’s case wrote.
In the case of the anonymous man, the doctors tried to treat him with a course of immunotherapy, which is generally used in cancer cases to destroy malignant cells. The patient’s condition did not improve and he continued to show signs of Alzheimer’s for four years.