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What are the symptoms of delusions of persecution?

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Someone with persecutory delusions might seem normal. But if their delusions are severe enough, they might become obsessed to the point that it disrupts their everyday life. Sometimes, their false belief can be something improbable but not impossible. They may, for instance, suspect their neighbors of spying on them, or fear that the police want to torture them. Other times, their delusions are irrational, such as believing an evil spirit plans to abduct them.

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Cleveland Clinic: “Delusional Disorder.”

Harvard Medical School: “Schizophrenia and epilepsy.”

Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine: “Obsessive compulsive disorder masquerading as psychosis.”

International Archives of Medicine: “Psychotic symptoms in social anxiety disorder patients: report of three cases.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program: Dementia and Delirium.”

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Medscape: “Delirium Clinical Presentation.”

Psychological Medicine: “What makes one person paranoid and another person anxious? The differential prediction of social anxiety and persecutory ideation in an experimental situation.”

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UpToDate: “Delusional disorder.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Impact of the DSM-IV to DSM-5 Changes on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health,” “Civil Commitment and the Mental Health Care Continuum: Historical Trends and Principles for Law and Practice.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Delusional Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 20, 2019

SOURCES:

Alzheimer Society Canada: “Delusions and hallucinations.”

American Journal of Psychiatry: “Cognitive neuropsychiatric models of persecutory delusions.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Delusional Disorder.”

Harvard Medical School: “Schizophrenia and epilepsy.”

Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine: “Obsessive compulsive disorder masquerading as psychosis.”

International Archives of Medicine: “Psychotic symptoms in social anxiety disorder patients: report of three cases.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program: Dementia and Delirium.”

Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry: “Cognitive behavioural treatment of insomnia in individuals with persistent persecutory delusions: a pilot trial.”

Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: “Developing treatments of persistent persecutory delusions: the impact of an emotional processing and metacognitive awareness intervention.”

Medscape: “Delirium Clinical Presentation.”

Psychological Medicine: “What makes one person paranoid and another person anxious? The differential prediction of social anxiety and persecutory ideation in an experimental situation.”

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: “Advances in understanding and treating persecutory delusions: a review.”

UpToDate: “Delusional disorder.”

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: “Impact of the DSM-IV to DSM-5 Changes on the National Survey on Drug Use and Health,” “Civil Commitment and the Mental Health Care Continuum: Historical Trends and Principles for Law and Practice.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Delusional Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 20, 2019

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