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Doctor insights on: Delusional Parasitosis

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What is delusional parasitosis?

What is delusional parasitosis?

Intense suffering: Delusional parasitosis is a psychiatric condition where a person believes s/he is infested or parasitized by bugs, worms, or other creatures. Most patients describe the infestation as being on or just under the skin, in or around body openings, or internal (particularly in the stomach or intestines). It can lead to severe scratching or mutilation, or using poisons to cleanse themselves. ...Read more

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How is delusional parasitosis treated?

How is delusional parasitosis treated?

With patience & care: Delusional parasitosis is a difficult illness to treat. It can be very chronic, and there can be secondary infection from scratching and self-gauging. These need treatment by physicians too. For the anxiety, ssri's & low-dose antipsychotics are sometimes used -- also psychotherapy if the person will agree to it. The less anxiety, the less skin focus and picking, often. ...Read more

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Anyone else suffer from delusional parasitosis out there? Is it really rare?

Anyone else suffer from delusional parasitosis out there?  Is it really rare?

Yes, very rare: Yes, delusional parasitosis is very rare. It's hard to quantify the incidence because most of the existing literature comes in the form of case reports and series. It does seem to be more common over age 50 -- and there's also a peak from age 20-30. After age 50, the incidence is 2 women: 1 man; men usually present before age 50. About 10% present as a shared disorder -- folie a deux. ...Read more

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Could all children have weird/delusional thoughts?

Could all children have weird/delusional thoughts?

Yes : Take your child to your psychiatrist/ for possible medication evaluation. Ask a psychologist to evaluate the situation first. They will have an idea as to what to do next. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia make you delusional?

Can pneumonia make you delusional?

It's possible: Severe infections, especially in the elderly or in those with underlying neurological disorders or mental health disorders, can result in episodes of "delirium". This is a condition in which patients may have confusion and even visual hallucinations. It can be severe in some instances, but usually resolves when the underlying disease is treated. ...Read more

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What constitutes a delusional disorder?

What constitutes a delusional disorder?

Delusional d/o: Is a condition characterized by nonbizarre delusions (false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence) involving situations that occur in real life (being followed, poisoned, infected, loved at a distance, or deceived by spouse or lover, or having a disease) of at least 1 month’s duration. The individual can not have schizophrenia or other psychiatric condition causing the delusion. ...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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Help please? I want to know what are delusional hallucinations?

Help please? I want to know what are delusional hallucinations?

Delusion definition: By definition a delusion is a fixed, false, belief. Because it is rigidly held as true by the person suffering with this it tends to be difficult to address, much less cure. ...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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Please tell me how to stop my delusional fantasies that are distracting me?

Please tell me how to stop my delusional fantasies that are distracting me?

Delusions: If willing, please see a psychiatrist for treatment. That is the best way to decrease or stop delusional fantasies. ...Read more