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J Forensic Sci. 1993 Jul;38(4):894-903.

A comparative study of erotomanic and obsessional subjects in a forensic sample.

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  • 1Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Science, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Psychiatric Hospital, Los Angeles.


Erotomania is the delusional belief that one is passionately loved by another. These persons often go to great lengths to approach their object of desire, often necessitating the attention of the law. We have reviewed a forensic sample to select subjects who meet criteria for the diagnosis of erotomania. Case histories from all of the case files of the Threat Management Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department were reviewed to compare erotomanic subjects with those who were suffering from other disorders. Various demographic and other relevant data were examined to determine if the erotomanic subjects presented similar or different profiles.

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