Viola - A Rare Presentation of Schizophrenia


  • Sreeja Sreekumar Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery Kerala
  • P Joseph Varghese Malanara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical college Kolenchery Kerala
  • TP Subhalakshmi Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery Kerala



Schizophrenia presents in many curious ways. Here we report a 42-year-old, married lady brought with history of wearing gents’ clothes for the past three months, attributed to a desire to become a church priest. Though Gender Identity Disorder was suspected at first contact in the Emergency Room, collection of detailed history after admission revealed that for the past 25 years she had reduced social interaction, impaired personal care and functioning, and increased religiosity.  MSE revealed delusions of persecution, grandeur and control. She was diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia and treated with antipsychotics, following which she improved and gradually returned to wearing ladies’ clothes.


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How to Cite

Sreekumar, S., Varghese, P. J., & Subhalakshmi, T. (2016). Viola - A Rare Presentation of Schizophrenia. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 29(1), 44–46.



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