Shared psychotic disorder ("folie a deux") between mother and 15 years old son.

University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University Hospital "Osijek", Osijek, Croatia.
Collegium antropologicum (Impact Factor: 0.61). 01/2009; 32(4):1255-8.
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We presented a rare case in clinical practice: fifteen (15) years old male adolescent with shared psychotic disorder with his thirty seven (37) years old mother. In this case of "folie d deux" child was the passive psychotic partner and his mother who was the dominant psychotic partner. Both patients shared the same paranoid and imperative delusions. With complete psychiatric anamnesis, clinical interview, psychological testing, EEG (examination-electroencephalography) examination and control examinations we came to the diagnosis and efficacious pharmacological intervention for son.

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    ABSTRACT: Folie a deux, to date, remains a rare, yet a challenging psychiatric diagnosis. We discuss two cases that were identified in our out-patient clinics. One case was lost to follow up, while the other one showed improvement over time with appropriate management. As with any rare disorder, recognition and correct referral for rare diagnosis like folie a deux is of paramount importance.
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