Delusional disorder is characterized by a single fixed, unshakeable, FALSE belief that could be plausible, but is not in keeping with the person's social, cultural, and religious background. The term Paranoia is used to denote a thought process heavily influenced by anxiety or fear of persecution to the point of irrationality and delusion.
A person with delusional disorder may be highly functional in daily life and may not exhibit odd or bizarre behavior other than the delusion. The family, friends, and colleagues may actually believe that what the person is saying is true till a major incidence convinces them that it is not so e.g. the family of a person with delusional jealousy may actually believe that the spouse is unfaithful, till something happens to convince them that she is not, or the family of a person with a delusion of persecution may actually believe that he / she is being discriminated against at work, till they begin to suspect something wrongs after the person keeps quitting jobs within a few months, and they find out otherwise from colleagues.
The condition is difficult to treat because:
Common Delusions (any one) that can comprise a Delusional Disorder:
Delusional disorder must be differentiated from Schizophrenia.
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