Suicide attempt and melancholic depression in a male with erotomania: Case report

Attila Kovács, Viktor Vörös, S. Fekete

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Erotomania is a delusional disorder, which is more common among women. A case of erotomania in a 34-year-old male associated with depression and suicidal behavior is presented. At the time he attempted suicide his erotomania fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of "pure" erotomania, described by de Clérambault. A depressive picture with melancholic features emerged four months later. Antidepressant medication was given and two months later he became euthymic. The erotomanic delusion disappeared in the third month of the euthymic state. In this case primary erotomania was associated with a depressive illness, presumably unipolar depression. The patient developed delusional guilt and suicidal ideation before the unequivocal change in his mood. To the authors' knowledge this is the first reported case where the erotomanic symptomatology led to suicidal attempt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-372
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Suicide
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Keywords

  • De Clérambault syndrome
  • Depression
  • Erotomania
  • Suicide attempt

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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Suicide attempt and melancholic depression in a male with erotomania : Case report. / Kovács, Attila; Vörös, Viktor; Fekete, S.

In: Archives of Suicide Research, Vol. 9, No. 4, 2005, p. 369-372.

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