The gaslight phenomenon--an institutional variant

Br J Psychiatry. 1977 Nov;131:533-4. doi: 10.1192/bjp.131.5.533.


A case of paranoid psychosis in an elderly female is reported in which recurrent episodes were apparently induced by the staff of the institution where the patient was a resident. The issues raised by this case are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Homes for the Aged*
  • Humans
  • Paranoid Disorders / etiology*
  • Professional-Patient Relations*