I Know You Really Love Me: A Psychiatrist's Journal of Erotomania, Stalking, and Obsessive Love

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Macmillan, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
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I Know You Really Love Me unfolds like a psychological thriller, as Orion first finds herself the subject of obsessive love and then unsuccessfully tries to free herself of her patient, pseudonym Fran. This demanding, calculating woman doggedly follows Orion state-to-state, and continues to stalk her to this day - eight years and counting. In this painfully honest account you will follow the victim step-by-step, as she finds herself engulfed in Fran's erotomanic fantasy and then struggles to regain control over both her personal and professional lives. In the process, she educates herself about the history of this little-understood mental disorder, meets other victims, and eventually finds the courage to tell her story to others here in these pages. Orion's engrossing personal drama also provides the first overview of erotomania, including case histories of stalking victims, from David Letterman and Madonna to a woman rabbi, an Olympic athlete, and scores of others; unbelievable true stories of the depths to which the wily stalker will go - such as "The Tunneler", who dug his way beneath an apartment building to get at his victim; and cases that led to murder, of either the victim or the stalker. In a final section the author discusses the need for adequate treatment and punishment of erotomanics, and points out problems in existing anti-stalking laws and ways to strengthen them. A guide to organizations that assist victims, plus protective measures to deter a potential stalker or erotomanic, are provided as well.

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User Review  - Davidgnp - LibraryThing

This exploration of erotomania is as interesting and valid today (I am writing this review in 2012) as when it was first published in 1997. Written with scientific authority, it's doubly powerful in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

If you picked this book and expected a scary story about a stalker you are wrong. This is more about stalking in generally and especially the stalkers that suffer from erotomania. I thought this book ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER TWO When Love Is Just a Delusion 25
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Bibliography
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Resources for Victims
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About the author (1997)

Orion is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Colorado. She is also on the faculty of the psychiatry department at the University of Colorado's medical school, and she lectures extensively on various psychiatric topics.

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