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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Pugle

What Are Delusions?

A delusion is a strongly-held or fixed false belief that conflicts with reality. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5) defines delusions as fixed beliefs that are not amenable to change in light of conflicting evidence.


Delusions are a common symptom of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, and schizoaffective disorder. They can also be present in other psychiatric disorders, including major depressive disorder with psychotic features and mania in bipolar disorder.


This article discusses the types of delusions, examples of each type, what causes them, and how they’re diagnosed and treated. Read more in Verywell.

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Michelle Pugle, MA

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