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A 21-year-old female asked:

reoccurring persistent thoughts (often negative imagery/delusions)...is this some level of ocd?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Possibly: Ocd has two major components: intrusive and inappropriate thoughts (not worries about real-life problems), and repetitive behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing distress. With ocd, people recognize that the thoughts are creations of their own anxious minds. With delusions, people have fixed beliefs that they believe are actually true in the real world--even though they are false.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Possibly: There isn't enough information to really know. However, a psychological assessment would be a good idea. Take care.

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What are delusions and hallucinations?

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I'll explain: Delusions are when you think something is happening and it's not. For instance you may think you're the president of the United States, but you're not. That's a delusion (unless you're an african american senator from illinois). A hallucination is where you sense something that's not there. It can be something you think you smell or see for example that's not really there.
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If I have a bizarre delusion, does it mean that I have schizophrenia?

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A 34-year-old member asked:

If I tell my psychiatrist that i'm having delusions, will he definitely commit me to a psychiatric hospital?

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Depends: If you are having mild and not particularly worrisome delusions then that shouldn't be necessary. But if these delusions are violent and possibly harmful then this could be potentially life threatening to the patient as well as others. In that case, that may necessitate committing one to a psychiatric hospital. Definitely consult with your doctor if you are having delusions though.
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What is guided imagery?

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Imagery technique: Guided imagery involves the use of selective awareness to carefully choose your thoughts, emotions, and the images they give rise to. Imagery is the language your mind speaks and is ideal for communicating with your mind and discovering what it is telling you. By wisely guiding your imagination gradually towards an accepting, focused state of awareness, you change your mind and change your life.
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Do people who claim to be a god experience delusions?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Yes, but claim how..: If they are incredibly built like a bodybuilder, and say 'now this is what god looks like', or if a knockout lady says, 'i'm a sex goddess', and it is not stated in serious, scary manner, then don't suspect we're dealing with delusional. If they truly believe that they are a god and as such can use their power as they wish...Yes, these are dangerous delusions. A pro must assess the whole picture.

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