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Gray, S.H. (1990). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LII. 1988: An Obsessional Variant of Capgras Symptom: A Case Report. Roy M. Stein and Steven Lipper. Pp. 52-57.. Psychoanal Q., 59:335-336.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LII. 1988: An Obsessional Variant of Capgras Symptom: A Case Report. Roy M. Stein and Steven Lipper. Pp. 52-57.

(1990). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 59:335-336

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LII. 1988: An Obsessional Variant of Capgras Symptom: A Case Report. Roy M. Stein and Steven Lipper. Pp. 52-57.

Sheila Hafter Gray

A thirty-five-year-old married woman suffered for two years from a recurrent, intrusive concern that her husband had been replaced by an impostor. She had similar worries that her parents, her cat, and even the city in which she lived had been replaced by duplicates. Careful psychiatric and psychological examination failed to demonstrate any psychosis. Her speech and thought processes were characterized by extreme attention to detail, and she pressed continually for reassurance. Soon after the patient left home for college at age seventeen, she was hospitalized because she developed ritualistic habits, compulsive hand-washing, and other

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symptoms that rendered her unable to perform the ordinary activities of daily life. She was not helped by antipsychotic or antidepressant medication or by ECT; cingulotomy did provide significant relief. The present illness, characterized by obsessive doubts and worries, began after a single episode of marijuana abuse five years prior to admission. Then, following a stressful life event, the symptoms escalated until the patient came to question even her own identity. In this case, the authors postulate, the obsessive-compulsive defenses of isolation, undoing, and displacement produced the Capgras symptom as a solution for intrapsychic conflict.

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Article Citation

Gray, S.H. (1990). Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. LII. 1988. Psychoanal. Q., 59:335-336

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