Psychiatric Annals

Case Challenges 

A 28-year-old Woman and Her 58-year-old Mother With a Shared Psychotic Disorder

Nahla Mahgoub, MD; Asghar Hossain, MD, DFAPA

Abstract

Editor’s Note: This monthly presentation describes a case of a psychiatric disorder, discusses past treatment attempts, offers options for continuing treatment, and explains the reasons the solution was selected. Submissions of interesting psychiatric case reports are welcomed for this department. Please e-mail soconnor@slackinc.com for further information.

Ms. T, a 28-year-old black woman, presents to the emergency department with her mother, 58, who is anxious and requests that her daughter be “de-hypnotized.” Both mother and daughter firmly believe that someone has hypnotized the daughter with the intention of harming her. The mother refuses psychiatric evaluation for herself.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Mahgoub is fourth-year resident, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ. Dr. Hossain is chief psychiatrist, Bergen Regional Medical Center; associate professor of psychiatry, Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica; and assistant professor of psychiatry, St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada.

Abstract

Editor’s Note: This monthly presentation describes a case of a psychiatric disorder, discusses past treatment attempts, offers options for continuing treatment, and explains the reasons the solution was selected. Submissions of interesting psychiatric case reports are welcomed for this department. Please e-mail soconnor@slackinc.com for further information.

Ms. T, a 28-year-old black woman, presents to the emergency department with her mother, 58, who is anxious and requests that her daughter be “de-hypnotized.” Both mother and daughter firmly believe that someone has hypnotized the daughter with the intention of harming her. The mother refuses psychiatric evaluation for herself.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Mahgoub is fourth-year resident, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ. Dr. Hossain is chief psychiatrist, Bergen Regional Medical Center; associate professor of psychiatry, Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica; and assistant professor of psychiatry, St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada.

Editor’s Note: This monthly presentation describes a case of a psychiatric disorder, discusses past treatment attempts, offers options for continuing treatment, and explains the reasons the solution was selected. Submissions of interesting psychiatric case reports are welcomed for this department. Please e-mail soconnor@slackinc.com for further information.

Ms. T, a 28-year-old black woman, presents to the emergency department with her mother, 58, who is anxious and requests that her daughter be “de-hypnotized.” Both mother and daughter firmly believe that someone has hypnotized the daughter with the intention of harming her. The mother refuses psychiatric evaluation for herself.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Dr. Mahgoub is fourth-year resident, Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ. Dr. Hossain is chief psychiatrist, Bergen Regional Medical Center; associate professor of psychiatry, Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica; and assistant professor of psychiatry, St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada.

10.3928/00485713-20060501-08

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