Shifts of dependency in the resolution of folie a deux

T. L. Porter, J. Levine, M. Dinneen

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We have presented a case of folie a deux in which the wife was the primary (dominant) partner and the husband the secondary (submissive) partner. The husband's symptoms seemed to have resolved as his dependency shifted from his wife back to his mother. Treatment is recommended by deliberately shifting dependencies only when there is advantage in doing so. For most patients, the aim should be independence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)704-706
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue numberMAY
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


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