Erotomania or de ClÈrambault syndrome
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

De ClÈrambault focused attention on a syndrome in which a woman has the delusional belief that a man, usually of higher social status and considerably older, is much in love with her. If the patient's romantic ideas shaped private fantasies instead of determined public behavior, there would be little cause for concern. The situation becomes critical when the fantasies are dramatized in real life with an unsuspecting and usually unwilling man cast in the role of the lover. The woman dwells on the feelings she ascribes to her "suitor." Such delusional thinking, resulting from an ego defect and producting bizarre actions, may be shaped largely by feelings of being unloved or even unloveable; a narcissistic blow is overcome by a grandiose fantasy. Cases in which erotomania is prominent are usually diagnosed as paranoid state or paranoid schizophrenia.

Author(s): 
Hollender, M. H.
Callahan, A. S.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Archives of General Psychiatry
Journal Abbreviation: 
Arch. Gen. Psychiatry
Publication Date: 
1975-12
Publication Year: 
1975
Pages: 
1574-1576
Volume: 
32
Issue: 
12
ISSN: 
0003-990X
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 1200776

Turabian/Chicago Citation

M. H. Hollender and A. S. Callahan. 1975-12. "Erotomania or de ClÈrambault syndrome." Archives of General Psychiatry 32: 12: 1574-1576.

Wikipedia Citation

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