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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Delusional Disorder

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Can a person suffering from mixed type delusional disorder go back to normal after treatment?

Can a person suffering from mixed type delusional disorder go back to normal after treatment?

Yes: Obviously there are no guarantees but many mental conditions including the serious one that is mentioned can be put into remission and allow a patient to resume normal functioning. Frequently maintenance treatment may be necessary. ...Read more

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Is it possible for delusional disorder to go away?

Is it possible for delusional disorder to go away?

Hard to say...: ...given that we have very limited good data on the natural course of delusional disorder, which is characterized by delusions that are unaccompanied by other psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations. Most people suffering from the disorder have limited insight, do not seek psychiatric help, meaning scientific data is scarce. Antipsychotics can produce at least partial relief in many cases. ...Read more

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How is schizophrenia different in comparison to delusional disorder?

Both psychotic dxs: The criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia are more complex, generally including two or more "characteristic" symptoms (delusions, hallucinations, etc) as well as social/occupational dysfunction and other elements. A diagnosis of delusional disorder requires non-bizarre delusions (situations that occur in real life) and no significant functional impairment (among other requirements). ...Read more

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Will a person suffering a delusional disorder know they have the disorder?

Will a person suffering a delusional disorder know they have the disorder?

Delusion: Delusional disorder patients usually maintain some insight or awareness of their illness and question them at times but cannot control them, unless their delusions are part of another psychotic or mood disorder, where insight is limited. ...Read more

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Can someone help me identify which kind of delusional disorder my friend has?

Can someone help me identify which kind of delusional disorder my friend has?

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. ...Read more

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I have uncontrollable anger accompanied with delusions about my spouse and oders doing bad things behind my back.Do I have delusional disorder?

I have uncontrollable anger accompanied with delusions about my spouse and oders doing bad things behind my back.Do I have delusional disorder?

Treatment : Hi. The way you describe your situation sounds like you are really unhappy with how things are going. There is help for the things you describe. Get a psychiatric evaluation, it should be one of your top priorities. Your life can go in many directions when you are 21, the fact that you are aware enough to ask for help suggests that you have the potential to have a fulfilling life. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If somebody were to have delusions about being communicated to and controlled by invented supernatural beings, could this be delusional disorder?

If somebody were to have delusions about being communicated to and controlled by invented supernatural beings, could this be delusional disorder?

See below: This sounds like symptoms of a psychotic disorder. The probability of a specific underlying disorder depends on age, medical condition ; other factors. Drugs are a common cause and delusional disorder is rare. A psychiatry eval is needed to clarify. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with delusional disorder 5 years back. I'm on risperidone 2 mg. Everything is normal now. Do I hv to be on risperidone for life?

I have been diagnosed with delusional disorder 5 years back. I'm on risperidone 2 mg. Everything is normal now. Do I hv to be on risperidone for life?

Depends: Great that you've benefited from psychiatric care. Delusional disorder may be your current diagnosis, but that need not be for life. Did drugs, anxiety or trauma play a part in your illness? Stay with your treatment and work on your personal goals. Reassess every 6 months or so. Maybe you'll need 0.5 mg/day as a maintenance dose or even perhaps none. Focus on your functioning. All the best. ...Read more

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If somebody had delusional disorder and suffered a psychotic break (w. Negative schizophrenia symptoms), could this be diagnosed as schizophrenia?

If somebody had delusional disorder and suffered a psychotic break (w. Negative schizophrenia symptoms), could this be diagnosed as schizophrenia?

Possibly: Delusions and "negative symptoms" (i.e., affective flattening, alogia, or avolition) would possibly meet part of the criteria for schizophrenia. But a careful evaluation would be helpful in getting an appropriate diagnosis. There's more to the diagnosis than these symptoms. One's functioning and the timing of the symptoms are also important, as is excluding other possible diagnoses. ...Read more

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