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Open Access Case Report

Delusion or obsession: Clinical dilemma

Priya Gandhi1 and Amin Muhammad Gadit2*

Author Affiliations

1 Resident, Discipline of Psychiatry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada

2 Professor of Psychiatry, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada

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BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:384  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-384

Published: 28 July 2012

Abstract

Background

A 52-year old lady presented for admission with severe depression characterised by suicidal ideation and delusional belief.

Case presentation

Her treatment regime was reviewed and modified. The dilemma was whether she suffered from a psychotic depression with delusion or an obsessional disorder. She responded well to change of antipsychotic medication.

Conclusions

Her depression went in remission and her delusional belief decreased in intensity. She also gained reasonable insight into her problem. She is currently being followed up in the psychiatric outpatient clinic.

Keywords:
Delusion; obsession; psychosis; phenomenology