Sunday, May 24, 2009


What Are Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders?

Delusional Disorders are a form of Psychosis in which a person has paranoid delusion(s) which are often long-lasting, and do not have an obvious physical/medical cause (e.g. head injuries). Occasionally, in older people, they may be accompanied by the person hearing noises, sounds, other people talking, which don't exist (called auditory hallucinations).
What are Paranoid Delusions?

Delusions are beliefs that are not backed up by reality. They may remain despite obvious evidence to the contrary, and the fact that nobody else believes them to be true.

Paranoid Delusions are beliefs of a suspiscious nature, where the person believes something is not right with them, another person(s), or the world in general, which poses serious problems for them.
How Common Are Delusional Disorders?

Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders are quite uncommon and only affect roughly 1 in 3333 people. They most commonly start between the ages of 40 and 55 years old, and happen slightly more in women.

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