John Hinckley Ashanti

Erotomania is defined as a delusional disorder that leads the sufferer to believe a person of higher status (usually a famous person or celebrity) is in love with him or her.

Unlike fleeting infatuation or a “crush”, erotomania is a delusional disorder with longterm consequences for the sufferer and the victim.

Examples of erotomania in modern history include the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. (pictured above right); and Devar Hurd, 37, who targeted singer Ashanti Douglas and stalked her for 13 years.

Hurd was sentenced to 4 years in prison in March.

Hinckley, 61, who shot the president to impress actress Jodie Foster, will soon be released from a mental institution to live with his mother in a convalescent home.

Erotomania begins when the patient believes that an individual is communicating with him or her through glances, smiles, or special signals via photographs, television, movies, or the Internet.

Also referred to as delusions of reference, the patient believes the love object is expressing his or her love to him through their body language, facial expressions, words or song lyrics, etc.

If the target is in a relationship, the patient may form the belief that the target needs rescuing.

Any denial or rejection by the target is seen as reinforcement of the patient’s delusion.

The belief that the target is in love with him or her is unshakeable and often intensifies over time and distance.

In most cases, erotomania delusions require reciprocation or validation from the victim.

Erotomania is a precursor to stalking and harassing behaviors if the patient develops fantasies or a life of domesticity or commitment with the victim.

Erotomania can cause serious disruption in the workplace and in the patient’s home life.

The patient may abruptly quit his job or leave her family to travel to the city where the victim lives to stalk him or her.

CAUSES

Erotomania is seen in patients who are diagnosed with psychotic disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. But in many cases patients who do not suffer from psychotic disorders are found to suffer from erotomania.

Sometimes erotomania can cause temporary psychosis.

Patients are usually unemployed, socially awkward, and suffer from depression.

Some patients report a lack of affection or ineffective bonding with a parent or caregiver in early childhood that leads to unhealthy attachments in adulthood (attachment disorder).

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms include depression, anxiety, mood swings, anger, rage, fear of abandonment, hypersexuality.

TREATMENT

Erotomania can sometimes be treated with medications including antidepressants or antipsychotics, and intense talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Erotomania delusions are difficult to treat if there are other psychotic features present.

In most cases involving non-psychosis, a delusion can be broken after a long period (months or years) of no contact with the victim.

If the victim is a famous person or celebrity, treatment will include no access to a television, no movies, no Internet, no cellphone, and no reading material that may include photos or mentions of the victim.

This has been your Medical Minute.

More Info On the Web

Delusional Disorder – Theravive.com

Erotomania – Disorders.net

Erotomania – Wikipedia.org

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  • Jusstlookn To Stay Woke

    Offtopic

    NYPD Chief Bratton Resigns After Angry “Black Lives Matter” Protests

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    I’ll say this… I sympathize with anyone struggling with any mental disorder(s).
    HOWEVER, I believe that people who are victimized by any sufferers have the right to protect themselves/families by any means necessary.
    #HelpFamiliesInNeedLocally/Federally
    #PreventVictimization
    #SaveLivesAllAround

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Stalking is no joke.

  • Buttercup

    Have I told you I love you lately?

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Who’s stalking you Sandra?

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Can you imagine dealing with a stalker for 13 years? Sheeit…

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    who did Sandra put papers on a while back…was that Souja Boy :thinking:

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!
  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Thanks for this?? I once suffered from erotomania? Couldn’t nobody tell me that Papa Smurf didn’t love me as much as I loved him? Usta dream day and night about that little shapely blue booty? Anyway, thanks to the power of prayer, stronger psych meds, and Xenu,,,I overcame??

  • Buttercup

    Nope. I’m sure somewhere between 5 and 7 years I would’ve become so frightened that if I ever saw him I thought he would kill me. I had no choice but to defend myself. Oh, wait :kona:

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Hinckley, 61, who shot the president to impress actress Jodie Foster, will soon be released from a mental institution to live with his mother in a convalescent home.

    ^^^^^^
    He’s going to live with his mama in a nursing home? Type of shyt is that?

  • Buttercup

    LMBO. I thought I’d forgotten the meaning of convalescent. I didn’t put it out on the blog, because I don’t have time to get dragged today.

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    ….

  • harley_quinn2.0

    You lyin’? Seriously ??

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    It would’ve taken you 5? Impressive.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I always got time ??

  • Buttercup

    Motherhood has done wonders for my patience.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Maybe that’s what I’m missing.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Not that much for mine. Six months and I’m gone find Jlo trainer from Enough.

  • B.Sweet is Savage

    Depending on what they’re doing? 6 weeks. I don’t know what you really want to do to me.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I just flatlined

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I can’t remember (blame my herbal vitamins) but I think it was him :thinking:

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    So one man watched Taxi Driver and thought Jodi was his girl, the other heard a horrible song called Baby Baby Baby…and thought she was singing to him. Media is a killer, and social media is it’s accomplice. I have a meeting today about Media. Lord Help us. Everyone!

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    So one man watched Taxi Driver and thought Jodi was his girl, the other heard a horrible song called Baby Baby Baby…and thought she was singing to him. Media is a killer, and social media is it’s accomplice. I have a meeting today about Media. Lord Help us. Everyone!

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I know..Probably why he found himself in the predicament in the first place…Norman Bates much?

  • Orchidjones-PETTY INSTIGATOR

    I know..Probably why he found himself in the predicament in the first place…Norman Bates much?

  • MsVAllDay

    LOL LOL LOL plz stop this right here! Did you say his little shapely blue booty!!!!!!! I’m so done for the day.

  • MsVAllDay

    LOL LOL LOL plz stop this right here! Did you say his little shapely blue booty!!!!!!! I’m so done for the day.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    It was him ?? I got the receipts from another site.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I thought so….

  • Mystery User

    to drag or be dragged?

  • Mystery User

    Yo – them Smurfs be doing squats, huh?

  • Mystery User

    Damn she had him longer than her career or a boyfriend – they should just make it official

  • Karma WhO

    Off topic # 2..has ANYONE seen in the news today that R.Kelly has gotten engaged to his 18 year old girlfriend????

  • Sandra Dee Spidey

    Please stop. This is all too much. He pisses in the face of decency . . . Literally

  • Sucker Free

    Ice cold ?

  • Karma WhO

    this man is sick… he tried to disguise the fact that he REALLY DOES like teenage girls when he married Andrea..she was truly a cover up because he has a sick fetish.. im convinced!

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I’m not surprised but I am speechless.

  • Wildcat34

    So Sandra would you classify KMichelle with this disorder as it pertains to Idris Elba?

  • Karma WhO

    i dont care if she is 18 and legal, she old enough to be one of your children..have you no shame or boundaries.. seriously, i’d be embarrassed to be one of his daughters..

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Leopards don’t change their spots.

  • Karma WhO

    U aint lyin!!

  • Lisa daniels

    I would have did like J.so in enough.

  • Lisa daniels

    Great minds think alike.

  • Lisa daniels

    ??

  • starbright9449

    Lmao.

  • Howard Alum ?

    What???? The NYC police chief folded?????? Progress? ?

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    Yeah, you overcame ’cause Pop kicked the bucket ?

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    ??? Dontchu dare say that? Papa Smurf is immortal. He lives forever?? La la lahlah la la lahhhh la lag la lahhhh

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    ?
    #geriphile

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    ?????

  • Nancy Drew is Ab Fab!

    Lol!?
    Nite Bren!?

  • product of 79

    Umm I would remove Idris and say Toya Wright ?

  • product of 79

    Dam shame… His own daughter is almost 18?

  • product of 79

    The nursing home take families now ?

  • http://Copblock.org Brenden’s Back #BlockDeez?

    Bye Ashy??

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    They say he may be gearing up for a run AGAINST De Blasio.

  • Karma WhO

    My point exactly..

  • Wildcat34

    Yes, she has an obsession with both.

  • AListDiva29

    Wonder what happened to the girl that was stalking Usher? She was on here a few months ago, she looked so lost and disturbed. I hope he moved or got better security for himself and his sons.