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A 18-year-old female asked:

can you give me examples of delusions?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Delusion : Types can include jealous, grandeur, erotomanic, somatic, paranoid/persecution, religious, referential, control, nihilistic, .
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 30 years experience
False Fixed Belief: A delusion is a false fixed belief. In other words, when some one believes in something that despite contrary evidence they will not alter their thoughts or ideas. Examples: someone is putting poison in my drinking water, my mail is being read before i get it, the neighbors are aliens, my dog talks to me, I am jesus, my dead grandmother visits me every day. There are many causes of delusions.

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Is it possible to have a delusion, but know that it's a delusion?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Often when someone first develops a delusion they have no way of knowing that their brain is not quite working right. Knowing that a belief is a delusion is called insight. This involves having a fixed false belief but also knowing that even though you believe it, it doesn't make it true. With therapy and/or medication, sometimes people develop this type of insight.
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Is thinking that you're sick all the time a type of schizophrenic delusion?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
No: Worrying excessively about whether you are sick or not is a symptom of an anxiety disorder called hypochondriasis. If you truly believe you have an illness despite proof by doctors that you do not does raise concerns that you may have a delusion, but that is still not necessarily from schizophrenia.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What diseases could cause delusions?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Many: In addition to delusional disorder snd schizophrenia, possibilities include neurodegenerative disorders or other disorders of the central nervous system (such as seizures or tumors), vascular diseases, infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, endocrine disorders, vitamin deficiencies, medication effects, substance use and some toxins.
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A 50-year-old male asked:

I have a relative that needs to have a decanoate shot but he is refusing he is highly maloderous, delusional and unkemp. Any suggestions?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Gets complicated: Mental health care for delusional patients (schizophrenics) gets very frustrating in the U.S. Because delusional patients are allowed to refuse treatment that would get them out of their delusions, unless they are about to harm themselves or other people. County or city mental health services, or private mental health support groups, may know what has worked for similar patients in the local area.
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Can someone help me identify which kind of delusional disorder my friend has?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
A psychiatrist: A psychiatrist can help your friend with whatever delusion problem s/he might have. But unless your friend signs a release of information allowing the psychiatrist to share information with you, s/he will not do that. Privacy is very important for good treatment.

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