Carlos Morra and Ernst Franzek: Psychopathological Symptoms

Nihilistic delusion


Definition: Denial of one’s body or existence (Cotard1882).


Exploration: The presence of nihilistic delusion can be established by interviewing the patient.




Cotard J. Nihilistic delusions. In Hirsch SR, Shepherd M, editors. Themes and Variations in European Psychiatry. Charlottesville; The University Press of Virginia: 1974. p. 368.


November 22, 2018