Erotomania: treatments

Erotomania should not be confused with nymphomania, which is rather linked to a pathological exaggeration of sexual desires. Erotomania does not look like this since the lived history (imagined), more attached to fantasized love passion than to sexuality, is most often platonic.

On the other hand, some temporary 'passionate fixations' can be likened to erotomania, especially in the phase of hope and spite. However, acceptance of the refusal of the other is much faster and rarely leaves room for a grudge phase. Similarly, loving fixations teenagers fans of such teacher or such star are very common and do not fall under the erotomania. It is only their prolonged, and clearly unsuitable, character that must worry.


A psychiatric consultation is essential for a treatment, to propose treatments. She will start in the office when the situation remains stable and manageable, or in hospital, if the case is critical. If the sick person refuses the care, it will sometimes be necessary to hospitalize it automatically or at the request of a third party.

Some social rehabilitation techniques can be helpful, such as supporting the search for a profession, or encouraging a creative activity.

Among the treatments: a psychotherapy, with a psychologist or a psychiatrist, will have to be undertaken to try to cure the disorder in depth. Psychoanalysis is rather discouraged, although it is still discussed.

Some cases of indirect cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy have even been described. In this case, it is the victim of the erotomaniac who consults, and who gets advice on the best behavior to adopt. For example, by being weakened or pusillanimous with the erotomaniac, in order to defuse his passionate attitude, or by developing an empathic attitude.

Other means, like the setting of confidentiality of the social networks (Facebook type), make it possible to avoid disclosing personal information likely to feed the delirium in love with the erotomaniac.

Antipsychotic drug therapy may be necessary to control delirium or to reduce aggression.

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