Jealousy And Relationships
Alcohol abuse has been known to contribute to delusional jealousy.
Othello suffers with delusional jealousy in Shakespeare’s play of Othello, and murders his wife as a result.
Another name for delusional jealousy is Othello syndrome, which takes its name from a Shakespearean play.
In some cases, delusional jealous can trigger extreme depression and suicidal thoughts.
A person suffering with delusional jealousy may continuously believe that his or her loved one is unfaithful.
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Delusional jealousy is a mental disorder where a person has delusional beliefs around the idea that the person with whom they are romantically involved with is cheating on them. It is sometimes called morbid jealousy or Othello syndrome, taking its name from Shakespeare’s play in which delusions of infidelity play a major role. Less common names for the condition are erotic jealously syndrome and sexual jealousy. Sometimes it is a condition of its own, but more often it is a symptom of another psychiatric disorder.
Psychiatric professionals distinguish between regular jealously and jealous behavior that may be delusional. A healthy sense of jealousy or suspicion only occurs as a response to evidence of infidelity. It also changes over time to reflect the facts surrounding a situation. Jealous delusions have no basis in reality, or do not change in the face of new facts or proof otherwise. These delusions manifest themselves in obsessive thoughts that can become the center of the person’s life. A person suffering from delusional jealousy will often repeatedly accuse his or her loved one of infidelity, constantly search for evidence to prove the accusations and may even resort to stalking both the significant other and the person whom they think they may be cheating with.
As the delusions progress, they can also take up the entirety of a person’a life. Personal and professional relationships can begin to suffer, and the mental health of the person with the delusions can degrade even further. Delusional jealously can even become life-threatening for those suffering from it and the people around them. Stalking behavior based on delusions can turn violent. Suicide is also a concern, as the delusions can lead to severe depression.
Many times, delusional jealousy is a symptom to another mental disorder. Borderline personality disorder (BPD) can often lead to delusions. Sufferers of BPD frequently go through periods of extreme anxiety and depression. They also tend to be defensive and easily offended. All of these combined tend to make them more susceptible to feelings of jealously, and extreme cases can lead to delusions associated with jealous thoughts. Depression and other mental problems such as bipolar disorders and schizophrenia can also lead to delusions of infidelity. External factors such as sexual dysfunction or drug and alcohol abuse have also been shown to contribute to delusional jealousy.
Jealousy is a sad thing people with this disorder never have a moments peace. They ruin their lives and others though their delusions. Social Media has made a forum for these sorts where they post outrageous things about others due to their perceived lover’s betrayal. Instead of confronting the love object they vilify and attack anyone that even friends or says a kind thing to them. It is a very sad state of affairs and makes the suffer of this delusion a pathetic, obsessed person.