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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
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
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
Delusions: Fixed, false beliefs held with conviction despite evidence to the contrary. Treatment options include: medication and therapy. More information could be helpful since delusions can be bizarre or non-bizarre and also not clear if this is a delusional disorder or delusions are part of another disorder. If not seeing a doctor and therapist definitely recommend that practice reinforcement reality test. ...Read more
Treatment & support:
Besides the fact that she needs a thorough evaluation by a specialist in the field of Pscyhiatry. Support, understanding and encouragement from loved ones go long ways. Treatment usually takes time so both the patient and you may have to be patient, but treatment is available and is effective
good luck and I hope she feels better ...Read more
A fixed false belief: A delusion is a very strong belief, a conviction, that is demonstrably false and flies in the face of evidence to the contrary. Delusions usually don't occur in isolation, but in the context of other emotional disorders. And here's a secret: if you have enough insight to ask, you probably don't have a delusion. People with delusions very rarely question their own conviction. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Important 2 try to understand the source of the delusion if possible--if cause is lonliness for example care center might help--delusions frequently do not respond to medicines--some pts are taught to try to ignore them and not to mention them--. ...Read more
I feel like my thinking is back to being grandiose delusional again. Am taking medicine but it's not working?
Contact your psychiatrist: Or since it's the weekend if you need to go to the emergency room for further guidance. They will either raise your medication or recommend an additional medication or a different medication. At any rate that needs to be done by a mental health professional. The er may be able to contact your doctor at home on the weekend even if you are unable. Best wishes and I hope that your symptoms come under control soon. ...Read more
I had a couple months where I was highly delusional and now I am no longer like that. What could it be? I believed things not realistic.
Delusional: Glad to hear things have improved. Please see a mental health professional for an evaluation to identify what happened and to prevent it in the future. Please see your doctor first to rule out medical conditions like thyroid or other imbalances. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Irrational beliefs: There are different types of delusions. The most common delusional themes are erotic (believing that one is loved by another), grandiose (believing that one possesses some great, but unrecognized, talent or insight, jealous (being convinced, with no cause, that his or her partner is unfaithful, and persecutory type (most common and involves a theme or series of themes of being persecuted. ...Read more
Illusions are simple: Perceptual distortions, seeing things that aren't there because of low lighting, atmospheric distortion, etc. Once light is shined on the cause, the illusion disappears. Delusions are fixed patterns of thought that do not respond to reality. Hallucinations are psychotic manifestations that have little to do with reality. The latter two are usually brought on by drugs or mental illness. ...Read more
Can be hard to treat: Anti-psychotic medication (neuroleptics) can decrease delusional thinking over time, although delusions are often more treatment-resistant than other signs of psychosis such as hallucinations. Some clinicians believe certain types of psychotherapy can also decrease delusions, but this is controversial and not accepted by most mental health professionals. Delusions sometimes fade over time, too. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
Delusions: Coping with delusions can be difficult, because the person exhibiting them most oftendoes not consider them a problem. After all, they are fixed false beliefs that do not change despite conflicting evidence to the contrary. If you're willing to get treatment, your doctor may recommend certain medications and supportive talk therapy to help you. ...Read more
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
Speak to someone you: Can trust or a doctor. Although some delusions are seemly more bizarre than the others, a doctor's goal is to understand your experience within those delusions, rather than judging whether they make you "weird" or not. Good luck! ...Read more
Delusions are some-: Times very difficult to ferret out, especially if you do not know the person, his language, culture, environment, history or other important information. The definition of a delusion is when a person clings to a fixed belief despite being presented with facts to the contrary. First approach is to try to get some facts and then see how the patient responds. See a mental health professional... ...Read more
It depends: I suspect you have been waiting for an answer because your question is not clear. What do you mean by "peak? " if you are asking when symptoms are at their worst, it depends on the circumstances and on what is causing the delusions in the first place. ...Read more
Not enough info: Delusions are fixed beliefs that are internally consistent but not really happening. To know if you are delusional, you should check your thoughts out with so done you trust. ...Read more
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
Usually paranoid: While delusions are most commonly associated with paranoia and paranoid schizophrenia, they can actually be present in varying forms when reality is distorted in one's mind. An example of this is seen in eating disorders when people truly believe that they are fat when they are actually starving. In body dysmorphic disorder, a perceived flaw in appearance reaches delusional levels. ...Read more
No.: The definition of delusion is a belief held despite evidence to the contrary. ...Read more
R They Interfering?: Dictionary. Com defines a delusion as "a false belief or opinion." this is usually accepted 2 mean that a person holds a belief that most others don't hold as true. //it sounds like u have some beliefs about "the devil" that u're aware most others don't share.// i'd want 2 know if your beliefs about the devil are creating problems 4 u in ur life. ...Read more
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
Delusions: If willing, please see a psychiatrist for treatment. That is the best way to decrease or stop delusional fantasies. ...Read more
Dementia: It's the movies, so is all just made up, so who knows? :) however, delusions are common symptoms in several types of dementia, including dementia with lewy bodies, alzheimer's dementia, and vascular dementia. So my guess is that they likely were depicting some type of dementia. ...Read more
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
See a psychiatrist.: The first thing to do is to find out if you really have a delusional disorder. If you do, it does not go away by itself if you don't know what is causing it. Consult a psychiatrist to be sure. ...Read more
If a person has slight delusions of reference lasting a few sekonds a day but still on medications what does it mean?
See your doctor: Your medication may be sub therapeutic. See your doctor about a possible adjustment in your medicine dose. ...Read more
I have a relative that needs to have a decanoate shot but he is refusing he is highly maloderous, delusional and unkemp. Any suggestions?
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. ...Read more