Demon face syndrome causes man to see ‘demons’

Researchers have, for the first time, created facial illustrations based on description given by a patient suffering from “demon face syndrome”. Officially known as prosopometamorphopsia (PMO), the rare condition has long been misdiagnosed as schizophrenia.

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For the few individuals affected by this disorder, the world is a vastly different place.

They perceive the human face not with the familiar features we recognize but as distorted, demonic visages that could be straight out of a horror film.

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Victor Sharrah’s life took an unexpected turn at the age of 56 when he began to see those around him transform into what appeared to be creatures from another realm. What was once his roommate’s familiar countenance became a nightmarish figure with exaggerated facial features.

“My first thought was I woke up in a demon world. You can’t imagine how scary it was,” the 59-year-old told NBC News.

This alarming experience wasn’t an isolated incident; it was a persistent reality that followed him outside the safety of his home, casting everyone he encountered in the same demonic light.

The onset of Sharrah’s condition is believed to be linked to a head injury sustained from an accident involving his truck, compounded by a possible carbon monoxide exposure.

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Unlike hallucinations induced by psychiatric conditions, Sharrah’s experiences are unique to face-to-face interactions, with photographs and digital images remaining unaffected.

This peculiar aspect of the syndrome has piqued the interest of medical professionals, offering a new avenue for research into cognitive disorders and visual processing.

Sharrah’s case, along with those of approximately 75 others worldwide, represents a beacon of hope for advancing our understanding of the human brain and potentially uncovering treatments for this and similar conditions.

As research continues, there is a collective aspiration that these findings will not only shed light on ‘Demon Face Syndrome’ but also provide solace and solutions for those who have been living in the shadows, misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

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Jake Carter

Jake Carter is a researcher and a prolific writer who has been fascinated by science and the unexplained since childhood.

He is not afraid to challenge the official narratives and expose the cover-ups and lies that keep us in the dark. He is always eager to share his findings and insights with the readers of, a website he created in 2013.

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