Shared Psychotic Disorder involving an entire family (folie a famille) is extremely rare. Only two cases of Shared Psychotic Disorder linked to stimulant abuse have been documented in the literature. We report a case of folie a famille that involved 5 members of a family, and was associated with amphetamine use in the primary individual. Our case shares many clinical and etilogical factors with previously reported cases of shared psychotic disorders. A wide variety of psychotic manifestations are associated with amphetamine use and clinicians should be aware of this uncommon syndrome among stimulant-using population, particularly due to the recent increase in methamphetamine use and the link between delusional disorders and violence among these individuals.
Hill, Kevin P. B.A.; Patkar, Ashwin A. M.D.; and Weinstein, Stephen P. Ph.D.
"Folie a Famille Associated with Amphetamine Use,"
Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry: Vol. 16
, Article 5.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jeffjpsychiatry/vol16/iss1/5