Indian Journal of PsychiatryIndian Journal of Psychiatry
Home | About us | Current Issue | Archives | Ahead of Print | Submission | Instructions | Subscribe | Advertise | Contact | Login 
    Users online: 2186 Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size Print this article Email this article Bookmark this page
Search Again
 Table of Contents
 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Related articles
 Citation Manager
 Article Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert
 Add to My List
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded104    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal

Year : 2017  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 496-498

Prolonged wahnstimmung (delusional mood) without development of a psychotic illness in a 50-year-old male

1 School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
2 Department of Liaison Psychiatry, BCULHB; Centre for Mental Health and Society, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales, UK; Department of Psychiatry, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Mysore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Peter Lepping
Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Liaison Psychiatry, Heddfan Psychiatric Unit, Croesnewydd Road, Wrexham, LL13 7TD

Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_59_16

Rights and Permissions

Delusional mood, or Wahnstimmung, is a prodromal feature of an impending psychotic illness. In this case, the patient reports experiencing this sensation persistently since early childhood. This case suggests that Wahnstimmung may persist for years without developing into full psychosis. This is the first reported case of prolonged and persistent delusional mood in literature. It should be of interest to psychiatry professionals looking to investigate the prodromal phase of psychosis. This case is regarding a 50-year-old, Caucasian male. He presented to clinic with a feeling of excitement. Despite being referred for suicidal ideation, he described himself as “the happiest guy that I know. I wake up every morning feeling excited.” This original case should highlight the possibility of this phenomenon in other patients. Ultimately, an understanding of why patients may not progress to full psychotic illness may improve our understanding of protective factors in psychotic illnesses.



Print this article         Email this article