Rare Variant of Lycanthropy and Ecstasy: Case Report

Document Type: Case Report

Authors

1 Resident of Psychiatry, School of Medicine & Neuroscience Research Center Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Resident of Neurology, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

Lycanthropy is an unusual belief or delusion in which the patient thinks that he/she has been transformed into an animal. In rare cases, the patient believes that another person has been transformed into an animal. In this case report, a patient who had an uncommon variant of lycanthropy is introduced. The patient’s symptoms had appeared after consumption of ecstasy. This shows the occurrence of uncommon and rare psychosis after ecstasy drug use especially in susceptible patients to schizophrenia. Ecstasy can induce paranoid psychosis similar to schizophrenia. It seems that in the presented case, ecstasy had a role in the incidence of the underlying suceptibility of the patient to schizophrenia.

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