The dangerousness of persons with misidentification syndromes.
J. A. Silva, G. B. Leong and R. Weinstock,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
20(1): 77-86, 1992.
The central feature of misidentification syndromes is the presence of a delusion in which either the
identity of the self or other persons is misrecognized. Recent psychiatric case reports have noted the
dangerousness posed by persons with misidentification delusions. The authors report on a series of
29 individuals whose delusional misidentification was associated with aggressive behaviors.
Important parameters which may assist in defining this sample of dangerous delusional
misidentification syndrome persons are discussed.