Othello syndrome

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O·thel·lo syn·drome

a delusional belief in the infidelity of one's spouse.
[Othello, Shakespearean character]

Othello syndrome

[ōthel′ō]
Etymology: Othello, jealous Shakespearean character
a psychopathological condition characterized by suspicion of a spouse's infidelity and morbid jealousy. This condition may be accompanied by rage and violence and is frequently associated with paranoia.
A delusion of spousal infidelity, a form of psychotic paranoia that is primary or, more commonly, a symptom of organic ‘psychopathies’—senile dementia, boxer encephalopathy, alcoholism

Othello syndrome

Erotic jealousy, alcoholic paranoia Psychiatry A delusion of spousal infidelity, a form of psychotic paranoia that is primary or more commonly, a symptom of organic 'psychopathies'–senile dementia, boxer encephalopathy, alcoholism

Othello,

one of Shakespeare's characters.
Othello syndrome - delusions of infidelity of one's sexual partner; onset usually in 4th decade of life; may be a feature of depressive psychosis, epilepsy, or alcoholism. Synonym(s): erotic jealousy
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In contrast, people with relatively milder paranoid disorders may have such symptoms as delusions of persecution or delusional jealousy, but not the prominent hallucinations or impossible, bizarre delusions that sometimes occur in paranoid schizophrenia.
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Michael O'Leary, 54, was suffering from long-standing delusional jealousy, according to two psychiatrists.
Paul Sloan QC, prosecuting, cross-examined Dr Fraser, who had earlier told the jury that in his opinion Crampton had been suffering from depression and delusional jealousy to the point where it amounted to an abnormality of mind.
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Despite an obligatory condemnation of violence, the thrust of his book is to rationalize even pathological jealousy, showing how in cease alter case of apparently delusional jealousy, the object of a man's jealousy was indeed straying, thus putting his very survival at risk.
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