Mental illness in stalkers high

Compared to stalkers who shadow and harass former intimate partners, those stalking strangers and acquaintances have high rates of Axis 1 (mood) disorders including psychosis or paraphilias (conditions marked by sexual attraction for objects or people outside the norm), the study found.

Seventy-one per cent of stranger stalkers received an Axis 1 diagnosis compared to 48% of ex-intimates.

The findings came from a study of 211 stalkers (18 female), age