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Ekbom Syndrome: A Delusional Condition of “Bugs in the Skin”

Overview of attention for article published in Current Psychiatry Reports, February 2011
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (89th percentile)
  • Good Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (76th percentile)

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Title
Ekbom Syndrome: A Delusional Condition of “Bugs in the Skin”
Published in
Current Psychiatry Reports, February 2011
DOI 10.1007/s11920-011-0188-0
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Authors

Nancy C. Hinkle

Abstract

Entomologists estimate that more than 100,000 Americans suffer from "invisible bug" infestations, a condition known clinically as Ekbom syndrome (ES), although the psychiatric literature dubs the condition "rare." This illustrates the reluctance of ES patients to seek mental health care, as they are convinced that their problem is bugs. In addition to suffering from the delusion that bugs are attacking their bodies, ES patients also experience visual and tactile hallucinations that they see and feel the bugs. ES patients exhibit a consistent complex of attributes and behaviors that can adversely affect their lives.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 29 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 3%
Unknown 28 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 7 24%
Student > Bachelor 6 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 17%
Student > Postgraduate 3 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 3 10%
Other 5 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 9 31%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 21%
Philosophy 2 7%
Unspecified 2 7%
Other 4 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 12. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 November 2013.
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#1,098,411
of 12,513,856 outputs
Outputs from Current Psychiatry Reports
#118
of 816 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#14,470
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Outputs of similar age from Current Psychiatry Reports
#3
of 13 outputs
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