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Delusional Disorder: The Basics

You may have heard of Schizophrenia where delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech or behavior may occur.  However, this article will focus on Delusional Disorder.  Read this article to find out more about Delusional Disorder.

What Is Delusional Disorder?

According to https://www.webmd.com, someone with Delusional Disorder experiences only delusions.  According to https://www.webmd.com, delusions are beliefs that are not based on reality.  On the basis of https://www.webmd.com, “People with delusional disorder generally experience non-bizarre delusions, which involve situations that could occur in real life, such as being followed, poisoned, deceived, conspired against, or loved from a distance.”

What Are The Different Types Of Delusional Disorder?

There are many different types of Delusional Disorder.  According to https://www.webmd.com, they are the following:

Erotomanic

In this type of delusional disorder, the person believes a famous person is in love with them.

Grandiose

According to https://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/delusional-disorder#1, in this type of delusional disorder, the person “has an over-inflated sense of worth, power, knowledge, or identity.”  According to https://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/delusional-disorder#1, the person may believe they have a “great talent.”

Jealous

In this type of delusional disorder, the person believes his or her spouse is cheating on him or her.

Persecutory

In this type of delusional disorder, the person believes him or her or a relative are being mistreated.  In this type of delusional disorder, he or she may even call law enforcement officials.

Somatic

In this type of delusional disorder, the person believes he or she has some type of medical problem.  Usually, in this type of disorder, he or she goes to the doctor and has a clean bill of health.

Mixed

In delusional disorder, mixed type, people with this type of delusional disorder have more than one type.

Conclusion

To end this article, Delusional Disorder is based on the presence of delusions.  In delusional disorder, there are no hallucinations or disorganized speech and behavior.  There are different types of Delusional Disorder.  According to https://www.webmd.com, they are Delusional Disorder, Erotomanic Type, Delusional Disorder, Grandiose Type, Delusional Disorder, Jealous Type, Delusional Disorder, Persecutory Type, Delusional Disorder, Somatic Type, in addition to Delusional Disorder, Mixed Type.  In the Erotomanic Type, he or she believes a famous person is in love with them.  In the Grandiose Type, he or she has an inflated sense of self-esteem.  In the Jealous Type, he or she believes his or her husband is cheating on him or her.  In the Persecutory Type, he or she believes they are being mistreated.  In the Somatic Type, he or she believes they have a serious illness, while in the mixed type, the person may have more than one type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delusional Disorder: The Basics

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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APA Reference
Walters, L. (2018). Delusional Disorder: The Basics. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 23, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/psychosis/2018/01/delusional-disorder-the-basics/

 

Last updated: 8 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 Jan 2018
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