Persecutory delusion


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, persecutory delusion
a false notion that one is being persecuted; characteristic symptom of paranoid schizophrenia.
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de·lu·sion of per·se·cu·tion

, persecutory delusion (dĕ-lū'zhŭn pĕr'sĕ-kyū'shŭn, pĕr'sĕ-kyū-tōr-ē)
A false notion that one is being persecuted; characteristic symptom of paranoid schizophrenia.
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Persecutory delusion

A fixed, false, and inflexible belief that others are engaging in a plot or plan to harm an individual.
Mentioned in: Paranoia
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In the phenomenological interview, it was clear that the intense fear and distrust characteristic of the persecutory delusion, together with depersonalization, led the patient to consider the threat as being internal.
To the Editor: In August 2013, a 22-year-old female was referred to a psychiatric hospital with 6 months history of insomnia, suicidal thought, social withdrawal, irritability and persecutory delusion. She was given the diagnosis of schizophrenia and started on risperidone and chlorpromazine, which were stopped abruptly after 1-week due to lack of any improvement in her mental state.
The contents of the questionnaire were as follows: characteristics of depressive symptoms, classified into five categories: somatic symptoms, depressive mood, anxiety-aggression, persecutory delusion and suicidal tendency.
Or, a false claim could stem from a persecutory delusion in which a person feels conspired against, harassed or abused.
The aim of the study was to assess cognitive performance in patients with schizophrenia and persecutory delusion reported to the healthy group.
Schreber, there is discussion of what Freud considers a "striking similarity" between Schreber's persecutory delusion and Freud's own theory.
[3,4] The clinical presentation of methamphetamine-associated psychosis (MAP) is very similar to that of schizophrenia with hallucinations, persecutory delusions, reference delusions and cognitive impairment.
(8) A man who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia at age 20 presented with thought blocking, incoherence, persecutory delusions, and uncontrolled self-damaging behavior.
He also experienced bizarre and persecutory delusions. His mood was euthymic and there were no features on examination suggestive of bipolar disorder or depressive illness.
J initially presented to hospital with an exacerbation of schizoaffective disorder, characterized by formal thought disorder and persecutory delusions. Additionally, Mr.
Dr Brenda Wright said he had persecutory delusions and heard voices in his head.
Indeed, modernist diagnostic reification of paranoid thoughts as 'persecutory delusions', construed as false, meaningless beliefs under the rubric of schizophrenia spectrum and psychotic disorders (DSM-V, 2013), has been criticised for positioning human suspiciousness within a discourse of pathology, dysfunction and deficit (Boyle, 2011).