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
Volume147
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990

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Diagnosis and clinical course of erotomanic and other delusional patients. / Rudden, Marie; Sweeney, John; Frances, Allen.

In: American Journal of Psychiatry, Vol. 147, No. 5, 1990, p. 625-628.

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Rudden, M, Sweeney, J & Frances, A 1990, 'Diagnosis and clinical course of erotomanic and other delusional patients', American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 147, no. 5, pp. 625-628.
Rudden, Marie ; Sweeney, John ; Frances, Allen. / Diagnosis and clinical course of erotomanic and other delusional patients. In: American Journal of Psychiatry. 1990 ; Vol. 147, No. 5. pp. 625-628.
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