Once known as paranoid disorder, delusional disorder is now the official diagnosis for a patient who is unable to separate delusion from what is real. The primary symptoms? Delusions, or the belief that something is real that absolutely is not. These delusions are not outlandish beliefs but usually centered on the idea that the patient is the object of a conspiracy to harm – an idea that is either completely untrue or blown out of proportion.
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*Delusional Disorder vs. Delusion as a Symptom of Another Disorder
When delusions occur alongside other signs of mental health issues, they can be evidence of another disorder. When they occur all by themselves and the patient is able to function relatively normally in social situations – except where the object of their delusion is concerned – delusional disorder may be the issue.
Delusional Disorder: Which Type Is a Problem for Your Loved One?
According to Medscape, there are a number of different types of delusion disorder, based on the subject of the delusion itself, including:
- Grandiose. Delusions in this type of delusional disorder focus on the patient as being more intelligent, important, or powerful than he is.
- Erotomanic. This describes the patient who believes that someone – usually someone famous or powerful – is in love with him or her. The patient may stalk that person as a result.
- Persecutory. Delusions of this nature focus on the patient or someone they love as the object of intended harm or attack. Patients with persecutory delusions often file multiple legal complaints against the person they believe is trying to hurt them.
- Jealous. Patients with this type of delusional disorder believe that their significant other is cheating on them.
- Somatic. Somatic delusions focus on medical ailments that do not exist.
- Mixed. This type of delusional disorder refers to the existence of more than one type of delusion in one patient.
*Causes of Delusional Disorder
Like many mental health disorders, the causes are usually a combination of:
- Environmental problems, stresses or trauma
- Brain abnormalities
Is It Necessary to Treat Delusional Disorder?
If you can function normally in social situations, is it really necessary to get treatment for delusional disorder? The problem with delusions is that they are often disruptive to you and your quality of life. You may be unable to think of anything else during your downtime and become depressed or anxious as a result.
For some people, the delusions are so powerful that they are disruptive to their ability to focus at work or enjoy life in general. If they cause problems this extreme for you, then seeking treatment is the best way to get your life back on track.
Different types of therapy and medications like anti-psychotics or antidepressants can be extremely effective in helping you to shut down the delusions. If you are ready to get your delusional disorder under control, contact us today to find the right mental health treatment program for your needs.