Reflections of the self: Atypical misidentification and delusional syndromes in two patients with Alzheimer's disease

S. E. Molchan*, R. A. Martinez, B. A. Lawlor, J. H. Grafman, T. Sunderland

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Abstract

Two patients with moderately severe AD, when asked directly, could identify their own images in a mirror, but also consistently misidentified their own reflections as that of another person. Both patients were paranoid and mildy depressed at times, but had no evidence of other concurrent psychotic symptoms. It appeared that mood substantially modified the nature of the symptom and the patients' reaction to it over time. These cases illustrate the ability of an organic symsptom to be modified by a concurrent affective state, indicating the importance of the interaction between biological and psychological factors in the expression of such symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)605-608
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume157
Issue numberOCT.
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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