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Preventing a Tragedy When Treating Patients with Delusional Disorders

Othello syndrome, sometimes referred to as delusional, pathological, morbid, or erotic jealousy, is a rare delusional disorder with high-risk implications. This article provides an overview of Othello syndrome and includes an individual example as well as a review of the literature. Pharmacological interventions and dialectical behavior therapy are discussed as options for pathological jealousy. Nursing […]

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Therapy for Delusional Disorder

Therapy The two most common forms of therapy for people suffering from shared delusional disorder are personal and family therapy. Personal therapy is one-on-one counseling that focuses on building a relationship between the counselor and the patient and aims to create a positive environment where the patient feels that they can speak freely and truthfully. This […]

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Persecutory delusions: a cognitive perspective

A spectrum of severity of paranoia (unfounded thoughts that others are deliberately intending to cause harm) exists within the general population. This is unsurprising: deciding whether to trust or mistrust is a vital aspect of human cognition, but accurate judgment of others’ intentions is challenging. The severest form of paranoia is persecutory delusions, when the […]

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The weeks before 100 persecutory delusions: the presence of many potential contributory causal factors

Table 1 Endorsement of checklist items Item n Length of delusion onset It took years to be certain what was occurring. 21 There was a build up over several months in trying to be sure what was going on. 30 There was a build up over a few weeks in trying to be sure what […]

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Dealing With Persecutory Delusions

Individuals with mental illness may experience persecutory delusions. These delusions are most commonly associated with schizophrenia, but they also may appear in manic episodes of bipolar disorder or with severe depression with psychosis. They may also signal a delusional disorder—an illness that is characterized by at least one month of delusions but no other psychotic symptoms. It’s also common for […]

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Delusion

Delusion is our wrong understanding or wrong views of reality. Delusion is our misperception of the way the world works; our inability to understand the nature of things exactly as they are, free of perceptual distortions. Influenced by delusion, we are not in harmony with ourselves, others, or with life; we are not living in […]

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Delusional disorder

Delusional disorder is characterized by the presence of recurrent, persistent non-bizarre delusions . An important aspect of delusional disorder is the identification of the form of delusion from which a person suffers. The most common form of delusional disorder is the persecutory or paranoid subtype, in which the patients are certain that others are striving to harm them. […]

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Diagnoses Applicable to Alienating Parents

297.71 Delusional Disorder 1. Nonbizarre delusions (i.e., involving situations that occur in real life, such as 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. Of the various subtypes of delusional disorder, the one that is most applicable to the […]

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