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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Delusional Disorder Tyler Massey The Disease Symptoms Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a type of serious mental illness called a "psychosis" in which a person cannot tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of this disorder is the presence of delusions, which are unshakable beliefs in something untrue. Some symptoms include1) Non-bizarre delusions2) Hallucinations3) Disorganized behavior Types of Delusional Disorders Erotomanic- Someone with this type of delusional disorder believes that another person, often someone important or famous, is in love with him or her. The person might attempt to contact the object of the delusion, and stalking behavior is not uncommon. Grandiose- A person with this type of delusional disorder has an over-inflated sense of worth, power, knowledge, or identity. The person might believe he or she has a great talent or has made an important discovery. Jealous: A person with this type of delusional disorder believes that his or her spouse or sexual partner is unfaithful.Persecutory: People with this type of delusional disorder believe that they (or someone close to them) are being mistreated, or that someone is spying on them or planning to harm them. It is not uncommon for people with this type of delusional disorder to make repeated complaints to legal authorities.Somatic: A person with this type of delusional disorder believes that he or she has a physical defect or medical problem. Mixed: People with this type of delusional disorder have two or more of the types of delusions listed above. People Affected People who have a delusional disorder most likely inherited it from a family member. It can also be caused by abnormalities in the brain, orcan even be caused by environmental factors such as alcohol and drug abuse. People who are isolated, such as immigrants and people with poor eyesight or hearing are more likely to develop a delusional disorder. It is also more common in women than men, and develops later in life. Treatments There are multiple treatment when dealing with a person who has a delusional disorder. Multiple forms of therapy, individual psychotherapy,cognitive-behavioral therapy, and family therapy. There are also medications such as conventional anti-psychotics, and atypicalanti-psychotics. If the disease is not treated people suffering from a delusional disorder may often develop depression, or act violentlydue to hallucinations which in turn can cause legal trouble Additional Facts 1) Many delusion consist of being poisoned and being loved from a distance2) A delusional disorder is a mental illness called a psychosis3) A delusional disorder by itself is extremely rare, and is usually a symptom ofother mental illnesses such as schizophrenia
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