The origin of the concept of paranoia.

  title={The origin of the concept of paranoia.},
  author={M Schifferdecker and Uwe H. Peters},
  journal={The Psychiatric clinics of North America},
  volume={18 2},
The concept of paranoia has developed virtually simultaneously in Germany and France at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Originally, the idea of a disease of only a part of the soul was in the foreground of discussions. At the era of positivism and the belief of psychiatric illnesses purely as consequences of organic disorders, the concept changed to psychopathologic findings. Now delusions and particularly their systematic character were emphasized. Moreover, the absent impairment of… CONTINUE READING