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Pharmacotherapy of delusional disorders in the context of offending and the potential for compulsory treatment.

Abstract
Delusional disorder is an uncommon mental illness with an estimated prevalence of 0.03%. Its low prevalence has likely contributed to the paucity of research interest in this area, leading to substantial gaps in knowledge concerning its treatment and management. In the absence of a robust literature, most clinicians rely on their experience and guidelines for treating schizophrenia when treating patients with delusional disorder. This article reviews the available literature that is specific to the treatment of delusional disorder. In addition, it focuses on specific forensic and medicolegal aspects of managing patients with delusional disorder.
AuthorsDouglas A Smith, Peter F Buckley
JournalBehavioral sciences & the law (Behav Sci Law) Vol. 24 Issue 3 Pg. 351-67 ( 2006) ISSN: 0735-3936 [Print] United States
PMID16705664 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Review)
Topics
  • Delusions (drug therapy)
  • Drug Therapy (methods)
  • Forensic Psychiatry (legislation & jurisprudence)
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services (legislation & jurisprudence)
  • Patient Compliance (statistics & numerical data)
  • United States

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