Van Gogh Syndrome

  • Y B Roka
  • R Thapa
  • P R Puri
  • S Aryal

Abstract

Self injury is the intentional and direct injury to self that include bite, burn, ulceration and head banging. These injuries are rarely fatal and are usually not suicidal in nature. This behavior is common among adolescents, psychiatric patients and in females. Bipolar disorder, drug abuse and metabolic syndromes like LeschNyhan and Munchausen’s syndrome are often associated with this disorder. Repetitive self mutilation is termed the Van Gogh syndrome after the famous painter who cut off his ear and gave it to a prostitute. We describe two such cases of self mutilation in
schizophrenic patients.
Keywords: bipolar disorder, psychiatry, self mutilation, Van Gogh syndrome

Author Biographies

Y B Roka
Department of Neurosurgery, 2Psychiatry, Neuro Hospital, Biratnagar-13, Nepal
R Thapa
Department of Neurosurgery, 2Psychiatry, Neuro Hospital, Biratnagar-13, Nepal
P R Puri
Department of Neurosurgery, 2Psychiatry, Neuro Hospital, Biratnagar-13, Nepal
S Aryal
Department of Neurosurgery, 2Psychiatry, Neuro Hospital, Biratnagar-13, Nepal
Published
2011-11-24
How to Cite
ROKA, Y B et al. Van Gogh Syndrome. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council, [S.l.], nov. 2011. ISSN 1999-6217. Available at: <http://jnhrc.com.np/index.php/jnhrc/article/view/261>. Date accessed: 20 nov. 2018.