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What is a shared psychotic disorder?

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A shared psychotic disorder is a rare type of mental illness in which a healthy person starts to take on the delusions of someone who has a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. For example, let’s say your spouse has a psychotic disorder and, as part of that illness, believes aliens are spying on him or her. If you have a shared psychotic disorder, you’ll start to believe in the spying aliens. But apart from that, your thoughts and behavior are normal.

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Cleveland Clinic: "Shared Psychotic Disorder."

PsychologyOne: "Shared Psychotic Disorder."

Drugs.com: "Shared Psychotic Disorder."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Shared Psychotic Disorder."

PsychologyOne: "Shared Psychotic Disorder."

Drugs.com: "Shared Psychotic Disorder."

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2019

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