Olfactory Reference Syndrome Developed After Stressful Life Events and Response to Pharmacological Treatment: Report of Four Cases

Senkal Z., YANARTAŞ Ö. , Sonmez E., Subasi N., Arican S. A. , Sayar K.

KLINIK PSIKOFARMAKOLOJI BULTENI-BULLETIN OF CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, cilt.25, sa.3, ss.295-298, 2015 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 25 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2015
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5455/bcp.20140723080053
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.295-298


Olfactory reference syndrome (ORS) is a disorder of thought content characterized by strong beliefs in transmitting an unpleasant body odor and disturbing other people. ORS had not been recognized in the DSM-IV as a separate diagnosis; rather, it used to be categorized under delusional disorder, somatic type (DDST). Considering recent changes in the DSM-5, the syndrome is currently listed under the section of other specified obsessive-compulsive and related disorder with the name Jikoshu-kyofu, thus still not described as a major distinct entity. We claim that a universally accepted set of diagnostic criteria is lacking, and there is a set of overlapping symptoms with various other disorders. In this paper, we discuss four patients presenting with ORS after a triggering stressful life event from the nosological and treatment perspective, focusing primarily on antipsychotic augmentation.