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Mental illness, violence and delusional misidentifications: The role of Capgras' syndrome in matricide.
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PMID:  24365679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Violent behavior has frequently been reported in cases of Capgras' delusion, a misidentification syndrome characterized by the false belief that imposters have replaced people familiar to the individual.
AIMS: To better understand the relationship between Capgras' syndrome and violence.
METHOD: After a brief overview of the scientific knowledge of delusional misidentification syndromes, we present two cases of psychotic sons suffering from this kind of delusion who killed their mothers and we analyzed the phenomenology of Capgras' delusion in-depth, focusing on the role of this syndrome in the etiology of violence.
RESULTS: Capgras' syndrome may be a specific risk factor for violence towards others, particularly the murder of the delusionally misidentified person.
CONCLUSIONS: Looking for the signs of Capgras' syndrome may be crucial to assessing the risk of violence in mentally disordered patients.
Felice Carabellese; Gabriele Rocca; Chiara Candelli; Roberto Catanesi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2013-11-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic and legal medicine     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1878-7487     ISO Abbreviation:  J Forensic Leg Med     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-12-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101300022     Medline TA:  J Forensic Leg Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. All rights reserved.
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