alexa Induced Schizophrenia: Elderly couples

Our Group organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Recommended Conferences

32nd World Psychiatrists and Psychologists Meet

Sydney, Australia

12th World Congress on Alzheimers Disease & Dementia

Budapest, Hungary
Induced Schizophrenia: Elderly couples

Induced or shared psychosis is one of the rare psychiatric disorders in which an inductor, suffering from a psychotic disorder induces a psychotic condition - with similar symptoms - in a person with strong emotional attachment (the recipient).

Diagnosis is based on strict criteria, therefore it is essential to have thorough knowledge of the inductor’s and the recipient’s medical history. In our case, we examined an elderly couple – both 83 years old – with newly formed, thematically identical acoustic hallucinations and delusions.

During patient interviews it turned out that the husband suffers from Parkinson’s disease and the wife was treated in the 1960s with the diagnosis of schizophrenia. Though, based on the medical history the diagnosis of shared psychotic disorder became questionable, we thought it is worth to further examine the interaction of the two patients’ psychopathology. 

Considering the significant prevalence of both Parkinson’s (and related disorders) and schizophrenia spectrum disorders we have to expect similar cases in clinical practice, especially in the light of the aging of society. 


Source: Kovács, Kovács, Hamvas, Szabó, Bodó-Varga & Tény (2015) Induced Psychosis or Psychotic Relapse? – An Unexpected Effect of Anti-Parkinson Treatment, 17(2), 443-445.


Top stories: International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience

  • Share this page
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • Pinterest
  • Blogger