Erotomania: the causes

Put in the row of 'passionate delusions' by Dr. Clérambault in 1921, or 'chronic delusional disorders' in more recent psychiatry textbooks, erotomania is a rare disorder that is based on the delusional delusion of being loved by another.

The cause of the disorder is not yet well understood. It is possible that neurobiological or even genetic abnormalities may be responsible, but no study to date has identified them.

Other hypotheses, of a psychoanalytic nature, attribute the origin of erotomania to an emotional deprivation experienced in childhood. However, this element can not, on its own, cause an erotomania, and can therefore be only one factor among other factors promoting the outbreak of this disorder. In short, today, the precise causes of erotomania have not really been identified ...

In some cases, erotomania may be secondary to another psychiatric disorder (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc.) or brain disease. In these cases, the presence of other symptoms will help to distinguish between primary erotomania (no found cause), or secondary.

It is said of this disorder that it is chronic because it is durable in time. The prognosis is very variable and unpredictable. It evolves in phases and can go through periods of remission where no symptoms are visible. Although it tends to reoffend, some cases may progress to healing.

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