Forensic complications5

In cases of identified physical abuse in a relationship one possibility that must always be considered is delusional disorder of jealous type. Severe assault and even murder are not uncommon, and the physician has a duty to warn and protect the partner if these dangers seem real, perhaps divulging confidential information if necessary. Of course the patient denies that his beliefs are unjustified and may present his case more convincingly than the terrified victim can. If involuntary committal is necessary it may be very difficult to sustain, partly because of the individual's ability to maintain a pseudonormal facade and often because he or she threatens litigation.

Occasionally, cases of stalking, usually of females by deluded males, are jealousy related and the victim is nearly always well aware of the stalker's identity in these instances.

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