Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Paranoid Delusions Overview

Another name for Paranoid Delusions is Delusions.

What are delusions?
A person with delusions has unrealistic ideas or plans. A person with paranoid delusions believe that some imaginary threat exists. Psychosis is a common cause for delusions. Psychosis is usually caused by a mental illness. Other causes of delusions include drug toxicity, drug abuse, drug withdrawal, alcohol withdrawal, and some metabolic disorders that affect the brain.

What are the symptoms of delusions?
Symptoms that occur with delusions include visual hallucinations, auditory hallucinations, tactile hallucinations, bizarre behavior, lack of insight, confusion, violent behavior, difficulty controlling emotions, poor communication skills, and poor interpersonal relationships.

How does the doctor treat delusions?
Treatment for delusions depends on the underlying cause. In the case of a mental illness, such as schizophrenia, delusions are controlled with antipsychotic medications.

Last Updated: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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