Diagnosis and clinical course of erotomanic and other delusional patients

Marie Rudden, John Sweeney, Allen Frances

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Twenty-eight patients with erotomanic delusions were compared with 80 patients with other delusions to clarify questions about diagnosis and course of illness in erotomania. The erotomanic patients were a heterogeneous group with respect to both diagnosis and course. They had significantly more manic symptoms than the comparison group and more affective diagnoses than would be expected from the literature; 25% (N=7) had schizoaffective disorder and 7% (N=2) had bipolar disorder. A subgroup of monodelusional erotomanic patients was identified who met the DSM-III-R criteria for delusional disorder, thus supporting the decision to include erotomanic delusions in this diagnostic category in the revision of DSM-III.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-628
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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