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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Othello syndrome occurs most frequently with neurological disorders, and the delusions appear to be associated with dysfunction of the frontal lobes, especially in the right frontal lobe where lesions have been reported more frequently than in the left.
sup][6] Othello syndrome secondary to right orbitofrontal lobe excision and right orbitofrontal lobe cavernous sinus hemorrhage has been reported.
It was in 1955 that the psychiatrists Todd and Dewhurst coined a clinical term for pathological jealousy: "the Othello syndrome.