What is it?

Capgras syndrome, also known as the "imposter syndrome," is a rare psychological disorder that is characterized by the belief that a person or several people close to the individual have been replaced by impostors or doubles. This delusional belief can lead to significant distress and social isolation.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Imposter syndrome

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of Capgras syndrome may include:

- A persistent belief that someone close to the individual has been replaced by an identical imposter
- Feelings of fear, anxiety, and distrust toward the supposed imposter
- Difficulty recognizing familiar faces or places
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Social withdrawal and isolation


The diagnosis of Capgras syndrome is typically made based on a psychological evaluation and assessment of symptoms. The DSM-5 does not have a specific code for Capgras syndrome, but it falls under the category of delusional disorders.


Treatment for Capgras syndrome may involve a combination of therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medication to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, and family therapy to improve communication and social support.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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