Delusional love (erotomania)

Sometimes a colleague, sometimes a celebrity on the screen, sometimes a coincidence in daily life… Erotomania, which is a state of love that can grow to threaten those around it, is a psychiatric disorder surrounded by delusions.

The state of being in love, masked under the veil of passion, carries paranoid thoughts behind the visible. An example of these thoughts is the claim that their detainee also gave them signals of love to them. Sometimes people have just met, and the victim may not even know the erotomanic person at all. It can even be observed that these individuals make similar emotional investments in dead people or imaginary characters.

In Erotomania, which has a higher incidence in women than in men, the victim character generally has the characteristics of having a high status, indifferent attitude towards the married or interested person. In short, the erotomaniac is a person who is difficult to reach in the eyes of the person.

Erotomanic individuals cannot be turned away from one’s thoughts by contradictory thoughts and evidence because they can re-create and elaborate events that will justify them by distorting reality. The sentence “He will approach me when the time comes, he is afraid of his surroundings” is an example of this.

Sigmund Freud divides this condition into two categories: He proposes that erotomania can occur as a sign of a disorder or as an extension of a major psychological problem such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

It is observed that erotomanic people do not apply to clinics frequently. They can follow and harass the victim throughout their lives. They can research enough to master many details about the victim’s life. They may exhibit behaviors such as calling the victim on the phone, sending letters and gifts, and making unannounced home visits.

When the declared love is not reciprocated, violent behavior is seen at a higher rate in men. However, not every case of harassment and violence is briefly defined by Erotomania, it requires a more detailed examination.

There is no clear treatment method for erotomania because treatments specific to the person’s history and supported by antipsychotic drugs give more successful results.

It has been reflected in the media in the past that the famous television showman David Letterman, former astronaut Story Musgrave and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews were followed by erotomanic individuals around the world.

If you observe similar situations in your relationships, you can conclude this process in the most appropriate way. As PsychoTerap-IST, we are always with you with our expert staff in the field of Individual Therapy.

Specialist Clinical Psychologist Damla Kankaya

Psychology Student Rafet Uner

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