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The European Journal of Psychiatry

versión impresa ISSN 0213-6163


SIMON, Maria et al. Delusions of Pregnancy with Post-Partum Onset: An Integrated, Individualized View. Eur. J. Psychiat. [online]. 2009, vol.23, n.4, pp.234-242. ISSN 0213-6163.

Background and Objectives: Bizarre hypochondriacal delusion is an important content of delusion of pregnancy during post-partum period. Methods: Here we report two cases with postpartum delusion of pregnancy; one with pre-existing schizophrenia and another one with family history of pseudocyesis and schizoaffective disorder but with no pre-existing psychiatric illness. Results: Nosological, phenomenological and aetiological issues are discussed. In the context of novel deficit-and motivational theories of delusion formation we provide an integrated view of the reported cases. Conclusions: The complexity of the delusion of pregnancy should be considered in the treatment planning-particularly in the post-partum period.

Palabras clave : Delusion of pregnancy; Somatic delusions; Post-partum psychosis; Delusion formation.

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