Alien Hand Syndrome | When The Enemy Is Your Own Hand

By Sourav Ghosh - June 24, 2018

When they say idle hands are the devil's playthings, they weren't kidding. Imagine lying in bed sleeping peacefully and a strong grip suddenly envelopes your throat. It’s your hand, with a mind of its own, a disorder called Alien hand syndrome (AHS) or Dr. Strangelove syndrome.

The term is used for a variety of clinical conditions where a person experiences their limbs acting seemingly on their own, without control over the actions, and most commonly affects the left hand.

It typically occurs in some cases after brain surgeries (surgically separating the two hemispheres of the brain), stroke, infection, tumour, aneurysm, migraine and specific degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease.

Sufferers are in a constant battle for control of the actions of their own limbs. Luckily actual cases are so rare as to barely be a statistic. Unluckily there is no cure, the best option is to keep that hand as busy as possible. [source]

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