A Real-Life Groundhog Day Syndrome Sufferer: A man in his 80s is unusually compelled to relive the same day over and over again.
Isn’t it sad to see 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 a reality for one person.
Researchers discovered that he had a rare disorder that made him think he was experiencing the same shows, movies, and books over and over again.
The unnamed man from the 80’s believed that the e-book reader was working properly and read the same pages over and over again.
According to a report published in the journal BMJ Case Reports, he contacted the manufacturer and assured him that everything was working normally.
A retired man in his 80s thought his Kindle was breaking and gave him the same pages to read over and over again. He was actually suffering from déjà vécu, a constant false sense that events are happening over and over again
An MRI scan of the patient’s brain revealed signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
A technician thought the TV was playing the same news over and over again, so he asked for it to be fixed.
‘Each day is a repetition of the previous… each [television] The session is the same as the patient said.
‘Everywhere I go, the same people on the side of the road, the same cars behind me with the same people… the same person wearing the same clothes, carrying a bag, gets out of the car. Similar things.’
His family could not convince him that these were misconceptions.
The researchers described the phenomenon as déjà vécu. Unlike the more familiar déjà vu, or feeling that what you are experiencing has already happened, déjà vécu is a persistent false sense that events are happening over and over again.
The patient had memory problems and had a tendency to combine two stories into one. After conducting cognitive tests and brain scans, the team found signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of diseases characterized by progressive and permanent cognitive decline.
The disease usually develops in life, 73 percent of patients are diagnosed after 75 years.
Déjà vu was first described by the researchers in 1896 as ‘deja vu syndrome’.
Although the disease is considered rare, researchers say that it has appeared in a few patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
In the year A similar case report in 2021 described DJ Weku in an 84-year-old woman in Amsterdam, although those researchers confirmed dementia. The woman believes that television shows and live sporting events are replays, and approaches random people in public, thinking they are acquaintances.
The patient did not show any improvement after the treatment.
In The Woman’s Case, researchers wrote that ‘unlike Groundhog Day, déjà vu does not require a happy ending.’
As for the unnamed man, doctors tried to treat him with immunotherapy, which is used in cancer patients to destroy malignant cells. The patient’s condition did not improve, and he continued to show signs of Alzheimer’s for four years.