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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Pugle

What Is Erotomania?

Erotomania, also known as de Clérambault's syndrome, is classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), as an uncommon subtype of delusional disorder. People with erotomania experience a persistent belief that someone of a higher social status, an authority figure, or a celebrity is in love or even in a relationship with them—without any accompanying evidence, confirmation, or validation.


Delusions can make practicing self-awareness—and understanding that support is necessary—particularly challenging, sometimes leading to psychiatric crises or need for hospitalization.


This article explains erotomanic delusions, including symptoms, diagnosis, risk factors, treatment, and coping strategies. It also covers when hospitalization may be necessary for erotomania. Read more in Verywell.

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Michelle Pugle, MA

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