Persistent Delusional Disorders: Myths and Realities


Andreas Marneros
Department of Psychiatry, Martin Lutther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Series: Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments, Psychology Research Progress
BISAC: MED105000

This book covers the whole spectrum of delusional syndromes, which may be presented either as autonomous disorders or as symptoms of other major psychotic disorders. Some of them are rather common and can be seen by every clinician in various nations and cultures. Others are rare or culture-related with higher prevalence in some cultures and lower in some others. Exact clinical descriptions of the syndromes are accompanied by a detailed picture of their longitudinal course and prognosis. Numerous studies on and approaches to therapy are presented and practical recommendations are given. This book not only discusses the results of modern scientific work but also goes back to the roots and provides valuable information from the original historical literature from English as well as German and French speaking countries. It abandons some myths on this topic and illustrates the clinical reality of this fascinating group of psychiatric disorders. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Historiographical Prologue

Part A: The First Touch with a Familiar Stranger

Part B: The Many Faces of Delusional Syndromes. But Not All are Delusional Disorders

Part C: Piecing Together The Phenomenological Mosaic: The Arche-Themes

Part D: Characteristics of the Disorder. Dangerousness and Legal Competence of the Patients

Part E: The Genesis of Delusional Disorder

Part F: A Rootless Orphan or a Family Member? Relations to Other Non-Organic Psychotic Disorders

Part G: Conclusions and Perspectives




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