Friday Factoid: Syndrome of Intermetamorphosis

Katelyn Yunes, MS

WKPIC Doctoral Intern

 

Intermetamorphosis syndrome is a variant of Capgras’ delusion, where one believes that someone has transformed physically and psychologically into another person (Bick, 1984). Intermetamorphosis syndrome is often comorbid with psychiatric and neurological disorders, such as Schizophrenia and dementia (Cipriani et al., 2013; Forstl, Almeida, Owen, Burns, & Howard, 1991).

 

References

Bick, P. (1984). The syndrome of intermetamorphosis. The American Journal of Psychiatry141(4), 588–589. https://doi.org/10.1176/aip.141.4.588

 

Cipriani, G., Vedovello, M., Ulivi, M., Lucetti, C., Fiorino, A., & Nuti, A. (2013). Delusional misidentification syndromes and dementia: A border zone between neurology and psychiatry. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias28(7), 671–678.

 

Forstl, H., Almeida, O., Owen, A., Burns, A., & Howard, R. (1991). Psychiatric, neurological and medical aspects of misidentification syndromes: A review of 260 cases. Psychological Medicine21(4), 905–910.

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