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delusion

 [dĕ-loo´zhun]
a false belief that is firmly maintained in spite of incontrovertible and obvious proof to the contrary and in spite of the fact that other members of the culture do not share the belief. adj., adj delu´sional.
bizarre delusion one that is patently absurd, with no possible basis in fact.
delusion of control the delusion that one's thoughts, feelings, and actions are not one's own but are being imposed by someone else or some other external force.
depressive delusion a delusion that is congruent with a predominant depressed mood, such as a delusion of serious illness, poverty, or spousal infidelity.
erotomanic delusion a delusional conviction that some other person, usually of higher status and often famous, is in love with the individual; it is one of the subtypes of delusional disorder.
fragmentary d's unconnected delusions not organized around a coherent theme.
delusion of grandeur (grandiose delusion) delusional conviction of one's own importance, power, or knowledge, or that one is, or has a special relationship with, a deity or a famous person. It is one of the subtypes of delusional disorder.
delusion of jealousy a delusional belief that one's spouse or lover is unfaithful, based on erroneous inferences drawn from innocent events imagined to be evidence and often resulting in confrontation with the accused. It is one of the subtypes of delusional disorder.
mixed delusion one in which no central theme predominates. It is one of the subtypes of delusional disorder.
delusion of negation (nihilistic delusion) a depressive delusion that the self, part of the self, part of the body, other persons, or the whole world has ceased to exist.
paranoid d's an older term for delusion of grandeur and delusion of persecution; its use is discouraged.
delusion of persecution a delusion that one is being attacked, harassed, cheated, persecuted, or conspired against. It is one of the subtypes of delusional disorder.
delusion of reference a delusional conviction that ordinary events, objects, or behaviors of others have particular and unusual meanings specifically for oneself.
somatic delusion a delusion that there is some alteration in a bodily organ or its function. It is one of the subtypes of delusional disorder.
systematized d's a group of delusions organized around a common theme; typical of delusional disorders or paranoid schizophrenia.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

de·lu·sion

(dĕ-lū'zhŭn), Do not confuse this word with hallucination or illusion.
A false belief or wrong judgment, sometimes associated with hallucinations, held with conviction despite evidence to the contrary.
[L. de-ludo, pp. -lusus, to play false, deceive, fr. ludo, to play]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

delusion

(dĭ-lo͞o′zhən)
n.
a. A false belief or opinion: labored under the delusion that success was at hand.
b. Psychiatry A false belief or perception that is a manifestation of a mental illness: delusions of persecution.

de·lu′sion·al adj.
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de·lu·sion

(dĕ-lū'zhŭn)
A false belief or wrong judgment held with conviction despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.
[L. de-ludo, pp. -lusus, to play false, deceive, fr. ludo, to play]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

delusion

A fixed belief, unassailable by reason, in something manifestly absurd or untrue. Psychotic delusions include delusions of persecution, of grandeur, of disease, of abnormality of body shape, of unworthiness, of unreality and of being malignly influenced by others.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Delusion

A false belief that is resistant to reason or contrary to actual fact. Common delusions include delusions of persecution, delusions about one s importance (sometimes called delusions of grandeur), or delusions of being controlled by others. In BDD, the delusion is related to the patient's perception of his or her body.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

de·lu·sion

(dĕ-lū'zhŭn) Do not confuse this word with hallucination or illusion.
A false belief or wrong judgment, sometimes associated with hallucinations, held with conviction despite evidence to the contrary.
[L. de-ludo, pp. -lusus, to play false, deceive, fr. ludo, to play]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about delusion

Q. Give life to her please! Here is a really confusing question to you all. But your reply is a life for her. I know someone who is bipolar and she thinks that her ‘brother’ sexually molested her when they were kids. Can this be a delusion? Or hallucinating?

A. Im going to answer this question a little different;What if she is telling the truth,and her brother is planning on no body believing her? because she has this disease?---keep that in mind when you take her to the DR--mrfoot56

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