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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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How do know if im delusional?

How do know if im delusional?

Reality testing: Delusions are false beliefs that remain unchanged even though they contradict reality. ...Read more

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How to cope with delusional thinking?

How to cope with delusional thinking?

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

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How long does a delusional state last?

Depends: 20 minutes to 15 years. There are many causes-- so many variations. When treated, the duration decreases. ...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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My girlfriend is delusional about her weight, how to help her?

My girlfriend is delusional about her weight, how to help her?

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

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How do you know if you have delusional feeling about someone ?

How  do you know if you have delusional feeling about someone  ?

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

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Is it healthier for a delusional person to be in a specialized care center?

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