Saturday, June 29, 2013

Grandiose Delusional Disorder

        Have you ever heard someone saying “I am messenger of God .God have chosen me to save this world. Or someone saying “While my pray I heard a divine voice, it was none but Christ who answer the question deeply buried in my mind.” If you really find someone like that then obviously he or she is suffering of grandiose delusional disorder.
     Before discussing about grandiose delusional disorder we will know what delusion is. Grandiose delusional disorder is a kind of mental disorder. A person with delusional disorder, strongly helds one or more  untrue beliefs. They are obviously untrue to any reasonable person, but they are absolutely true in the patient's mind. Nothing you ever say or do would be able to sway their delusions, because your "proof" doesn't mean anything to them, they have a thought disorder that does not allow them to see reason in regard to their delusions. Grandiose delusional disorder is a subset of delusional disorder. Usually, very talented and high authentic people suffers of such delusional disorder.

A person with grandiose delusion would be thinking that he is a highly important person, and not just in a sense of having an inflated ego. Someone with a big ego might think, "I am important because I am me." The person believes that they have an undiscovered or special gift or talent or they have made an amazing discovery that others don't get. Someone with delusional disorder on the other hand might think, "I am of immeasurable importance because I am a prophet." They may believe themselves to be a prophet of God, or even the Son of God. They may think that they are "chosen" by the cosmos for some task that will change the world, even if they don't know what that is. He believes he can save the world by using simple, innocuous, repetitive behaviors. They possess an unrealistic view of their contribution to causes. 
Some believes that they have a relationship with some important celebrity, such as a king, prince, State President, a celebrity, Mythical or Supernatural beings, etc. In their minds, they truly believe this special relationship is a reality. Their grandiose feelings of inflated self worth are tied intimately to their delusional beliefs that they are set apart from the rest of the world for these X reason.

For many grandiose delusional disorder patients, the expression of the primary symptoms can cause difficulties for friends and loved ones. Understanding how this mental illness functions is essential for anyone that is close to a patient with grandiose delusional disorder to help be able to deal with the specific problems that often accompany the condition. The primary grandiose delusions symptoms involve the patient’s view of their self. In the condition, the grandiose personality is represented in a much larger form than reality. The patient will often believe that they are different from everyone else in society. The most typical manifestations of this belief are that the person is very famous when they are not. 
Another way that the condition is expressed is by the thought that the patient possesses supernatural powers. These are often clearly impossible and can even take on fantastic aspects, such as being able to fly or having superhuman strength. An example of the famous subtype of the condition is when a person believes either that they are a specific historical figure or that they are the reincarnation of the said person. Such delusional disorder most often occurs in middle to late life and is slightly more common in women than in men.

There are some leading theories addressing the potential causes of the disorder. The most common theory is that genetics and family history play a major role. As with many other mental illnesses, a person with a family history of the problem, unhappy childhood is at a greater risk of developing the condition. Another idea that is used to explain some cases of grandiose delusions is that the symptoms are part of a defensive reaction to environmental stimuli. In other words, the person develops this delusion in subconscious mind as a way to protect themselves against reality. In clinical terms, delusions of grandeur can be a symptom of a number of different psychological conditions. Such as Narcissistic personality disorder (desire of high admiration), bipolar disorder (emotional mood swings) and schizophrenia. In some cases, delusions of grandeur are accompanied by other delusions, including those of persecution, in which the patient thinks others are out to get him, and of control, in which the patient believes an outside force is controlling his thoughts or actions.

Delusional patients are commonly angry people and egoistic in nature. When a person suffers from it, he views himself as more important than he is, at least to others. He also tends to need and desire the admiration of others far more than most people consider normal. A person with this condition often disregards how other people feel and what they need, as he feels that others are inferior.Sometimes their mood swings are so severe that, if left untreated, they often become an obstacle to living a normal, happy life. This disorder affects all aspects of a person's life, from family to friendships and work. Their ideas race through the mind and focus is limited or impossible. The personality is often uncharacteristically talkative, arrogant, and sexually aggressive or immoral in inappropriate situations and circumstances.

Whether or not persons with delusional disorder are dangerous to others has not been systematically investigated, but clinical experience suggests that such persons are rarely homicide. People with delusional disorder often can continue to socialize and function normally, apart from the subject of their delusion, and generally do not behave in an obviously odd or bizarre manner. In the rare instances when individuals with delusional disorder do become violent, their victims are usually people who unwittingly fit into their delusional scheme. The person in most danger from an individual with delusional disorder is a spouse or lover.

Delusions of grandeur cannot be treated directly as they are typically a symptom of a larger illness rather than a condition in and of themselves. In order to treat delusions caused by a mental illness, a professional must diagnose the underlying condition and treat that, and the delusions may fade over time. Talk therapy is used in many cases, although people with this condition often feel they do not need the help. When caused by drug use, delusions and other psychological effects usually disappear over time after the drug wears off.


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