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Delusional Disorder (Paranoia) pp. 496-501
Delusional disorder is more commonly recognized by its name of long time use, paranoia. The definition used in the book for this disorder is impaired contact with reality but without the bizarreness, fragmentation, and severe personality disorganization characteristic of schizophrenia. We look at the two different categories related to paranoia, delusional disorder, and shared psychotic disorder. As stated above, delusional disorder is defined as paranoia, and shared psychotic disorder is when two or more people usually of the same family develop persistent, interlocking delusional ideas.
Delusional disorder is difficult for clinicians to diagnose because of term is not exact in it’s meaning and leaves a lot of room for interpretation. The term paranoia is felt to be too readily used in cases where it is simply a disagreement on an issue, not a delusional thought or perception. The book uses the example...
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