A new classification of the delusional misidentification syndromes

Psychopathology. 2002 Jan-Feb;35(1):3-7. doi: 10.1159/000056209.


In recent years, a great number of very different and in part contradictory terminologies and classifications of delusional misidentification syndromes (DMS) have been published. In various case reports, several authors have also made contradictory comments on questions concerning classification, etiology and assignment to a possible entity of DMS. Further development and extension of the classifications proposed during recent years did not help to eliminate discrepancies and contradictions. The classification presented here has not shown any inconsistencies so far and it allows the classification of any DMS that has been examined recently.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Schizophrenia, Paranoid / classification*
  • Schizophrenia, Paranoid / psychology
  • Severity of Illness Index