Paraphrenia


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Paraphrenia

 

a mental disorder manifested by systematized delusions of grandeur and persecution, hallucinations, and sensations of powerful external influences. It usually develops in adulthood and has a chronic, long-term course that leads to terminal dementia. Paraphrenia is regarded in modern psychiatry as one of the syndromes of schizophrenia and certain other mental diseases.

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The reason he needs defending is the stark diagnostic probability offered by Rowell: Artaud (1896-1948) "suffered from confabulatory paraphrenia, a delusional psychosis which is not accompanied by intellectual deterioration and in which some symptoms - hallucinations and confabulations - are close to those of schizophrenia."
There is a thus a consensus from the literature that at least half of the cases have psychiatric disorders [1, 4-6] the commonest diagnosis being dementia but with some cases of alcohol abuse, affective disorders and paraphrenia. Although the majority of cases in all three studies were living alone, Macmillan and Shaw [1] and Wrigley and Cooney [5] described five and four cases respectively of couples in which both individuals fulfilled criteria for the syndrome.