What is a delusion?
Delusion means false belief. And the most common types are paranoid delusions; our son suffered from these. They are persecutory in nature and can take many forms. This is how he felt:
- He had an overpowering, intense feeling of being watched, followed and spied on by hidden cameras that he said we had planted.
- When he was extremely ill he accused me of poisoning his food.
- He felt that people were working together to harass him.
- He believed that his thoughts were being broadcast on television.
- Once he showed us a newspaper headline that had a hidden meaning that referred to him.
Do you think that this sounds like an invention of my imagination? Well, both my husband and I found it difficult to believe or understand too. But, it happened.
What is an hallucination?
Hallucinations are as real as any other experience to the person with schizophrenia. He was one of the 70% who heard voices. It was almost impossible to believe that this could occur, but it did. In a previous blog I have posted a link to Auditory Hallucinations and for those who did not catch it, here it is again.
Can you imagine anything as bizarre and frightening as hearing voices inside your head? It was as though his inner thoughts were no longer alone, and belonging to him; and to add insult to injury, new voices could even talk to one another; talk to themselves, or comment on the ill person’s actions. If only clips like the above one had been available when our son was ill, we would have had a clearer picture of what was really going on.
PLEASE REMEMBER AT ALL TIMES THAT A DIAGNOSIS OF SCHIZOPHRENIA REQUIRES THAT THIS CONTINUOUS DISTURBANCE BE PRESENT FOR AT LEAST SIX MONTHS.
REMEMBER THAT ONLY A QUALIFIED PSYCHIATRIST IS ALLOWED TO DIAGNOSE THIS ILLNESS.