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Clinical Lycanthropy: Delusional Misidentification of the “Self”
Rajeet Shrestha, M.D.
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2014;26:E53-E54. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13030057
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Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
Northfield, OH

Correspondence: Rajeet Shrestha M.D.; e-mail: rajeetshrestha@gmail.com

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association


To the Editor: Delusional misidentification syndrome (DMS) consists of a number of pathological conditions in which a person has a belief involving misidentification of a person, place, or object; this belief is adhered to in spite of clear evidence refuting it.1 It includes Capgras syndrome, Fregoli syndrome, reduplicative paramnesia, and inter-metamorphosis. Reverse inter-metamorphosis is a variant of inter-metamorphosis in which patients believe that they themselves are being or have been transformed into another entity. Clinical lycanthropy is a rare form of reverse inter-metamorphosis wherein patients believe that they are undergoing transformation or have transformed into a non-human animal. A case of such a delusional misidentification involving the Self is presented here.

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