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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 346-349

The devil molested me: A case series of incubus syndrome from North India

1 Department of Psychiatry, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Robin Victor
Department of Psychiatry, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Jolly Grant, Bhaniawala, Dehradun - 248 140, Uttarakhand
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DOI: 10.4103/ipj.ipj_207_21

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Incubus syndrome is a disorder typically seen in females where she reports that a male demon lies upon her and engages in sexual activity with her. While the concept of incubus is typically based on Western folklore a limited number of case reports are present on this topic more from India. There is a diverse opinion among the authors related to this disorder where some link this to psychotic disorders while some to sleep disorders. Here we report a case series of females who were suffering from psychotic disorder and over time developed incubus syndrome. We also the role of cultural factors and superstition in the formation of these disorders and the role of antipsychotic medication and modified electroconvulsive therapy in its treatment.

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