Belief in transforming another person into a wolf: could it be a variant of lycanthropy?
Article first published online: 14 SEP 2006
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 115, Issue 2, pages 159–161, February 2007
How to Cite
Nejad, A. G. (2007), Belief in transforming another person into a wolf: could it be a variant of lycanthropy?. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 115: 159–161. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2006.00891.x
- Issue published online: 14 SEP 2006
- Article first published online: 14 SEP 2006
- Accepted for publication July 10, 2006
- bipolar mood disorder
Objective: Lycanthropy is a rare psychiatric condition in which the patient believes in being transformed into an animal. Belief in the transformation of another person into an animal has not been reported, so far. Here, a patient with an impression of bipolar mood disorder (mixed type) and such delusion is reported.
Method: A single case is reported.
Results: A young male patient in his first psychiatric episode, developed delusional conviction of his mother's transformation into a wolf. He did not have any delusions regarding the transformation of himself into an animal, although he reported drooling for months before developing a delusional belief regarding his mother.
Conclusion: Belief in the transformation of another person into an animal may have similar roots as lycanthropy and could be considered as a variant of this syndrome.