Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders
Delusional Disorders are a form of Psychosis
in which a person has paranoid delusion(s) which are often long-lasting,
and do not have an obvious physical/medical cause (e.g.
Occasionally, in older people, they may be accompanied by the person
hearing noises, sounds, other people talking, which don't exist (called
Delusions are beliefs that are not backed up by reality. They may remain despite obvious evidence to the contrary, and the fact that nobody else believes them to be true.
Paranoid Delusions are beliefs of a suspiscious nature, where the
person believes something is not right with them, another person(s), or
the world in general, which poses serious problems for them.
Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders are quite uncommon and only affect
roughly 1 in 3333 people. They most commonly start between the ages of
40 and 55 years old, and happen slightly more in women.
There are a number of specific types of Delusional (Paranoid) Disorders these include:
Given the nature of their problems, people with paranoid delusions are often very suspiscious about receiving treatment. Often they don't believe anything is wrong with them and asking them to get some help via a doctor or a hospital may only serve to 'feed into' their paranoid delusions and make things worse. A great deal of care should be taken.
Even so, sometimes this does not work and the person may have to be admitted into hospital against their will. This is usually done using the law. In England and Wales this is via the Mental Health Act, 1983.
While in hospital, or perhaps being seen by a mental health professional (e.g. a psychiatrist) out of hospital, the cause of the paranoid delusions might be found (e.g. Schizophrenia), and this can then be treated.
If the cause is not found, the person can still be helped by things
such as Antipsychotic Medication, and
possibly psychotherapies such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Yes, people can and do recover from paranoid delusions. However, it is extremely variable, and there are many people who do not.
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