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Paranoia is a distorted view that you can't trust nobody but what is the difference between a delusion?

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Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
A delusion is: A belief that persists in spite of good evidence to the contrary. Paranoia could be considered a type of delusion.
Dr. Louis Cady
Dr. Louis Cady commented
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Additionally, a delusion could be the notion that you are a religious figure, have "special powers" etc. In fact, delusions are frequently categorized into GRANDIOSE (which I just reviewed), and PARANOID. There are also BIZARRE delusions, such as that people are reading your mind, or there are transmitters implanted in your brain, or the TV is somehow "sending you special messages." There are also less severe delusions, called "ideas of reference" - for example, a truck does a U-Turn on a highway behind you, and therefore, you conclude that someone is "following you." Hope this helps.
Aug 31, 2013

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