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Tests For 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
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
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
Delusional disorder: Delusions are false beliefs that are firmly held despite evidence to the contrary, and not typical of the person's culture, faith, or family. They can be part of formal thought disorders (schizophrenia) but can also appear in people who function well except in the delusional area. In the latter case, the delusions are plausible rather than bizarre -- but are still false thoughts. Meds may help. ...Read more
Can my delusional disorder be ruled out if I have a problem of high cortisol levels in my body i.E cushings syndrome?
Maybe: How do you know you have high cortisol levels in your body? If you have seen a doctor who has done tests to determine this, then it is important that they also attempt to determine why you have these high cortisol levels. Then it is important for you to be treated appropriately based on what they find. Your delusional disorder should then go away if it is the result of elevated cortisol. ...Read more
If somebody were to have delusions about being communicated to and controlled by invented supernatural beings, could this be 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
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
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
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
I was diagnosed with delusional disorder 4yrs back.Now im stressed out with work.My family says my delusions have got worse with this stress.Possible?
Had induced delusional disorder all ok completed mindfulness program as a result side effect occurred: flushing; calms down with med but hasn't stoped?
Canyou have schizophrenia and psychotic disorder at the same time or schizophrenia and delusional disorder at the same time or delusional and sychotic?
By definition no : To the first two. Anyone who is truly delusional is by definition psychotic. ...Read more
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
Specific or general?: Paranoid personality is pervasive suspiciousness, hostility, and distrust as a habitual response. The suspicions are unfounded but they are plausible. Delusional disorder is an irrational delusion about one specific thing (and it may be completely implausible, even psychotic). Outside of the one area of delusion, the person's thinking is otherwise normal. ...Read more
Can you have both diagnosis of psranoid delusional disorder and psychotic disorder nos by the same doctor?
I had induced delusional disorder for a long time. After myseparation, I have symptoms of ptsd and under stress, I have psychosis. How can you help me treat this.
See a Professional : You need to see a professional to meet with you and do an evaluation and assessment and come up with a diagnosis then a treatment plan is suggested and started. It is not possible to give an opinion on these issues without a face to face evaluation. ...Read more
What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?
Significant diff's: People with schizotypal personality are characterized by marked eccentricity in thought and behavior. Any additional psychosis is not felt to represent a primary psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. The psychotic disorder is sometimes thought to be secondary outgrowth from the schizotypal personality disorder who has been stressed. Delusional disorder is simply an isolated delusion in the absence of a major psychosis such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinatory experiences, marked decrease in psychosocial function, and what are referred to as negative symptoms referring to the psycho social isolation that is experienced. ...Read more
I just realized I have delusional disorder. It has gotten a lot worse lately since my wisdom teeth infection. My whole life seems like a delusion?
I understand your concern about delusional disorder.
Please see a psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.
Please do not brood on the diagnosis. Feel food about your areas of good functioning, improve your self-esteem and keep testing reality. ...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
Many: Many possibilities: drug intoxication, especially with hallucinogens; drug withdrawal, such as alcohol; sometimes bipolar disorder; schizophrenia; delirium -- where acute medical conditions affect mental functioning; some forms of dementia also. Sometimes severe psychotic depression can show this as well. ...Read more
A number of medical problems can cause psychosis, including:
alcohol and certain illegal drugs, both during use and during withdrawal
brain diseases, such as parkinson's disease, huntington's disease, and certain chromosomal disorders
brain tumors or cysts
dementia (including alzheimer's disease)
hiv and other infections that affect the brain
some prescription drugs, such as steroids and stimulants.Stroke and epilepsy are also possibilities.Electrolyte abnormalities, multiple sclerosis, damage to visual and auditory nerves, deafness, thyroid or parathyroid abnormalities, adrenal corticoid abnormalities, blood gas abnormalities, autoimmune disorders including lupus, and blood sugar abnormalities.This of course is just a partial list. Best wishes. ...Read more
I have schizoaffective disorder and need methods or preventive ways to stop or recognize my delusions.
Excellent Question: Delusions associated with schizoaffective disorder can be frightening and interfere with one's ability to function. By definition one is unaware that her/his beliefs may be false. If one cannot trust her/his beliefs then learn to rely on feedback from someone who can be trusted. A strong trusting relationship with family, friends, md, therapist, or therapy group can help one recognize delusions. ...Read more
Yes: Delusions of grandeur can be part of several mental disorders, such as mania, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorder. Delusions are fixed, false beliefs that do not budge even when confronted with contradicting information. So, these show lack of reality contact -- a cardinal sign of mental disorder. ...Read more
Delusions: In these cases, delusions are part of the psychotic phase, such as grandiose delusions in bipolar disorders or the bizarre delusions in schizophrenics. ...Read more
Delusions and hallucinations means psychosis. And yes it often is.Let me reassure you, its a treatable illness and stability in right hands rather an easy job, provided you do your part and your md, his.
Gain insight, more you will know, easy it becomes. This illness gives ample warnings of its arrival which you will ignore. Pay attention, and get hold of your md
see, , how easy it is ! ...Read more
Bipolar Psychosis: Yes it can be common for the highs and lows of bipolar disorder to present with psychosis like delusions or hallucinations. They are usually "mood congruent" which means that the delusions fit the mood episode. For instance someone who is depressed could believe that the devil is poisoning them, whereas during mania they might believe they are a famous figure. ...Read more
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