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  1. #1 Clinical lycanthropy 
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    So, is clinical lycanthropy just a speculated disorder and/or a part of other psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia, PTSD (in some cases) bipolar and dementia, or can it exist alone in people with no other forms of mental illness? Also, are there any modern day cases? I know there are a lot of "lycans" on forums and around the internet who are just being posy teenage wannabees who've read too much twilight. If there are any forums to genuine sufferers I'd be very greatfullfor the URL. (And no I'm not going to 'poke fun at the crazies' I have a form of it caused by schizophrenia, so I'm just trying to make sense of it)


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    Clinical lycanthropy is defined as a rare psychiatric syndrome that involves a delusion that the affected person can transform or has transformed into an animal or that he or she is an animal. Its name is connected to the mythical condition of lycanthropy, a supernatural affliction in which people are said to physically shapeshift into wolves. The terms zoanthropy and therianthropy are also sometimes used for the delusion that one has turned into an animal in general and not specifically a wolf.

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    Affected individuals report a delusional belief that they are in the process of transforming into an animal or have already transformed into an animal. It has been linked with the altered states of mind that accompany psychosis (the reality-bending mental state that typically involves delusions and hallucinations) with the transformation only seeming to happen in the mind and behavior of the affected person.


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