Electroconvulsive therapy for lycanthropy and cotard syndrome: A case report

  • Grover S
  • Shah R
  • Ghosh A
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Abstract

We present a case of psychotic depression presenting with lycanthropy (being converted to a pig) and Cotard syndrome simultaneously and treated with electroconvulsive therapy. A 37-year-old female patient developed psychotic depression after a stressor (a possibility of having a malignancy). As her depression worsened, she developed delusional belief of self being metamorphosed to a pig and her children also being metamorphosed into pig. In addition, she had the delusional belief that her own body and body of her children was rotting away. She was treated with electroconvulsive therapy along with venlafaxine and olanzapine, with which she improved completely.

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  • Cotard syndrome
  • ECT
  • lycanthropy

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