Folie a Deux (et Folie a Plusiers) (IN: Uncommon Psychiatric Syndromes by M D Enoch and H N Ball)

This chapter explores the phenomenon of folie a deux, which can occur in several syndromes in which mental symptoms, particularly paranoid delusions, are transmitted from one person to one or more others with whom the apparent instigator is in some way intimately associated, so that they also come to share the same delusional ideas. The[…]

Social-Psychological Underpinnings of the Integrated Model (IN: The Currents of Lethal Violence: an Integrated Model of Suicide & Homicide, ed. by Unnithan et al)

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Psychiatric Disorders (IN: Aging and Mental Health: Positive Psychosocial and Biomedical Approaches (4th Edition), by R N Butler, M I Lewis & T Sunderland)

This chapter reviews psychiatric symptoms & disorders which may be seen in elderly patients. The section on suicide in old age provides brief epidemiological information. Some of the reasons why the elderly may commit suicide are outlined, e.g. loss or social isolation. Other topics which are discussed are: rational suicide; the relationship of depression &[…]

Erotomania in an Adolescent: Clinical and Theoretical Considerations

Erotomania is a rare delusional syndrome, typically seen in heterosexual women of middle-age or beyond. This is the first reported occurrence in an adolescent, & 1 of very few involving homosexual orientation. A detailed case report is discussed in the context of adolescent developmental phenomena, including identity formation & the resolution of sexual orientation. The[…]

James Forrestal

This article provides a biography of the life of United States Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal. His childhood, hiscareer on Wall Street & in politics, & his distant relationship with his family are discussed. Eventually, under the pressure of his position & with his isolation from his family, Forrestal had a mental breakdown & developed[…]

Attempted Suicide in Hong Kong

In 1986, 307 attempted suicide cases were presented to a regional general hospital in Hong Kong. Compared with attempts in Hong Kong in 1954 & those in Western countries, suicide attempts in Hong Kong in 1986, for example, were significantly more likely to precipitated by interpersonal conflicts rather than by economic stress. Attempters in Hong[…]

Messages From Afar

This letter to the editor questions the treatment given to a paranoid psychotic who eventually committed suicide. A reply by the treating physician follows.

A Case of Manifest Homosexuality With Acute Paranoid Trends Accompanied by Depressions and Suicidal Tendencies

Presents a case study of a 27-year-old homosexual man who was experiencing acute paranoia accompanied by depression & suicidal tendencies. The process of his psychoanalytic treatment & the doctor-patient relationship are discussed in relation to inherent problems of guilt. (LH)

On Obscure Cases of Death in Schizophrenia and Paranoid Psychoses

This study investigates the true nature of death in several obscure cases of mortality among a sample of schizophrenics & those diagnosed as paranoid psychotics. All deaths (n=6) during 1969-70 that were classified as “obscure”, & meeting the criteria of mental disorder & resident of southern finalnd, were investigated using the psychological autopsy method. In[…]

Single Case Study: Acute Paranoid Disorder in a Southeast Asian Refugee

The clinical course of a 23-year-old male, Vietnamese refugee who was seen for psychiatric evaluation & treatment after a self-inflicted abdominal stab wound is described. Emigration & acculturative stressors were seen as contributing significantly to this patient’s paranoid disorder.