Another danger to be aware of when the zombie apocalypse is among us is Cortord’s Syndrome. This mental illness has the patient believing that they are, in fact, the walking dead. More severe symptoms of this condition might include rubbing themselves with rotting flesh (attempting to mask their scent) and/or attempting to join a zombie horde as one of them.
Linked to Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Cortord’s Syndrome stems from an inability to cope with this new world. In a world where death is almost inescapable and you are forced to make decisions that you would have never been faced with before, Cortord’s Syndrome, for some, is that means of coping.
If those suffering from this illness are able to walk with the undead without drawing attention to themselves for any length of time (i.e. constantly maintaining layers of rotting flesh over themselves and joining in devouring the living) they pose quite a threat. Unlike an actual zombie, they do not decompose. This means that their speed and coordination are technically in tact, depending on how much their bodies have succumbed to the belief that they are the undead, picking up their habits and loss of coordination.
Never assume that what you are killing is a zombie. Always be prepared for an attack by a completely coordinated, completely disturbed individual. It is always easier for you to cope, however, if you think of them as such.