Delusional disorder is a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by frequent, sometimes reoccurring delusions without the presence of hallucinations or symptoms of a mood/ thought disorder (for example, no signs of depression or anxiety). The delusions can take many different forms, such as those of grandeur, romantic attraction, paranoia, or religiosity.
There are seven main types of delusional disorders, including:
- Persecutory, in which the person believes that someone is trying to harm them or they are being spied on
- Somatic, in which the person believes that he or she has a very specific medical condition or issue, even though none of the symptoms are present
- Grandiose, in which the person believes that they are famous or of world-renowned importance
- Erotomanic, in which the person believes that a specific person (who they may or may not have ever met) is in love with them
- Jealous, in which the person is convinced that their loved one is being unfaithful, despite evidence to the contrary
- Mixed, a combination of two or more of the types listed above
- Unspecified, delusions of a nature not fitting any of the other categories
Delusional disorder can be treated; however, a full assessment must be completed first in order to determine the nature of the delusions and to rule out any other possible disorders. The trained therapists at Insight Psychological can help. We have five convenient locations – Edmonton South, Edmonton North, Calgary, Red Deer and Spruce Grove – in order to better serve you.