Catathymic violence in a case of triple homicide

Marc Nesca, Rudolph Kincel

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In this article, the authors describe a case of catathymia that culminated with the homicide of three attachment figures. The subject is a middle-aged man without previous history of criminal behavior or substance abuse. Two independent, multidisciplinary examinations failed to reveal evidence of DSM-IV psychopathology or neuropsychological impairment. However, the offenses occurred within the context of an ego-threatening relationship and the authors observed evidence of the inherently conflictual traits of dependency and entitlement thought to be central to the catathymic process. The study also found a link between catathymic violence and depleted narcissism. Finally, the authors conclude with recommendations regarding the clinical management of catathymia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-55
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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