My attention was caught by a recently published case study in which a patient with psychosis had the delusion that he was a psychiatrist:
“This 44-year-old single man was first admitted at the age of 27, with a two-week history of hyperactivity and decreased need for sleep. He described a feeling of well-being and believed he was a famous psychiatrist.”
I’ve met several such patients in my time working in mental health and from talking to other professionals I suspect its not uncommon. Hence, I’d be interested in tracking down other published cases of the delusion.
However, it’s very difficult to search for these cases using online databases because lots of articles have the terms ‘delusion’ and ‘psychiatrist’ in them even when they’re not describing this particular form of psychosis.
I’m keen to see if this delusion is widely documented in the scientific literature or whether it has been brushed under the carpet perhaps due to its obvious irony.
So, I need your help.
If you know of any published cases of people who have the delusion that they are a psychiatrist please add a link or reference in the comments below, drop me an email through this form, or contact me on Twitter here.
Link to locked case study mentioned above.