Care for Women with Delusional Disorder : towards a Specialized Approach

Diego Palao, Alexandre González-Rodríguez, Mary Seeman, Aida Àlvarez, Armand Guàrdia Delgado, Nadia Sanz, Genís Fucho, Javier Labad

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Delusional disorder is a difficult-to-treat clinical condition with health needs that are often undertreated. Although individuals with delusional disorder may be high functioning in daily life, they suffer from serious health complaints that may be sex-specific. The main aim of this narrative review is to address these sex-specific health needs and to find ways of integrating their management into service programs. Age is an important issue. Delusional disorder most often first occurs in middle to late adult life, a time that corresponds to menopause in women, and menopausal age correlates with increased development of both somatic and psychological health problems in women. It is associated with a rise in the prevalence of depression and a worsening of prior psychotic symptoms. Importantly, women with delusional disorder show low compliance rates with both psychiatric treatment and with medical/surgical referrals. Intervention at the patient, provider, and systems levels are needed to address these ongoing problems.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Psychosis
  • Delusional disorder
  • Women
  • Health care
  • Sex-specific treatment


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