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Othello syndrome is one of the psychological disorders. It can also significantly affect a person’s daily life. So what is Othello syndrome, what are its symptoms? What is curious about Othello syndrome.

Othello Syndrome, which causes obsessive thoughts in a person, is named after the play Othello, written by the famous English playwright William Shakespeare in 1604. In this famous work, which is based on jealousy, Othello kills both himself and his wife on suspicion of being deceived. Over time, the work of Othello has taken its place in psychology as Othello Syndrome. Turkey Medicals member and hospital center Neurologist gave important information about Othello Syndrome, also known as pathological jealousy.

What is Othello syndrome?

The feeling of jealousy is an extremely natural feeling that every person encounters in their life, such as rejoicing, suffering, being angry. According to studies, jealousy is considered a symbol of deep and true love, a criterion of love, according to some, while the exhaustion of this feeling is an indicator of a decrease in love or love.

If jealousy has reached a size that will harm a person’s self and his environment, at this point, pathological jealousy can be referred to as Othello syndrome. The most important feature that distinguishes Othello syndrome from other jealousies is that in normal jealousy there is a fear of losing something that is in your hands, while in Othello syndrome the thought prevails whether I have it or not. No matter how one looks at it, it is not a healthy mindset and thought structure.

What are the symptoms of Othello syndrome?

– Create scenarios without reality and do not believe in them,

– Obsessively jealous of the person he is with,

– Constantly thinking that you will be abandoned,

– The fact that his partner constantly thinks that he is cheating on her,

– Don’t make her break up with her partner a phobia,

– Don’t give big reactions even to very small discussions,

– Hircinlasma,

– Propensity to violence.

Why does Othello syndrome occur?

Research on this topic argues that this condition occurs due to the fact that the right frontal lobe of the brain does not work properly. Activities such as self-monitoring, controlling emotions and behavior cannot analyze the behavior of the left hemisphere, and obsessive situations arise in a person. Another reason for the appearance of pathological jealousy is insecurity and fear, which affects the sincerity of the person opposite him.

How is Othello syndrome treated?

Treatment of pathological jealousy is possible. But it is a long and laborious process. Therefore, the patient must be willing to recover. The cause of the disease is hidden in the person himself, it is impossible to solve it alone. The feelings and thoughts that underlie the feeling of jealousy are investigated by a specialist. If a person has convinced himself that he is not loved at all, he is told that he is a person worth loving. The patient’s condition is evaluated not only by himself, but also by his family and social circle. Divorce and suicide are among the most painful consequences of pathological jealousy. Because it is an increasingly difficult condition to control, the patient must definitely seek help from a specialist to recover.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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