A New Variant of “Subjective” Delusional Misidentification Associated with Aggression

    Volume 42, Issue 3 (May 1997)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 205


    Leong, GB
    Associate professor of clinical psychiatry, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri

    Arturo Silva, J
    Associate professor of psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

    Rhodes, LJ
    Assistant professor of psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas

    Weinstock, R
    Clinical professor of psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California

    (Received 6 June 1996; accepted 9 September 1996)

    Abstract

    Delusional misidentification syndromes are psychotic conditions in which the affected individual experiences delusions of radical change concerning the identity of others and/or of the self. These syndromes may lead to aggression, including serious violence toward others. In this article, we describe and analyze in detail an aggressive individual who suffered from a delusion that physical and psychological replicas of himself existed. We specifically analyze the link between the patient's subjective misidentification delusion and his resulting aggression. Both the roles of phenomenology and biology of delusional misidentification are evaluated as potential contributors of aggression.


    Paper ID: JFS14139J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS14139J

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    Title A New Variant of “Subjective” Delusional Misidentification Associated with Aggression
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