Delusions vs Hallucinations: Understanding People with Delusional Disorder

Hi, its Tamara coming back at you
with another video I want to talk a little bit today about
delusions I got an email on my website actually today and the email was about
delusions and I said oh my God I was so unprepared for this and I’ve been
preparing to launch my youtube channel now for about 10 months 9-10 months
almost a year and the last thing that was on my mind was the was the topic of
delusions and I’m surprised even in myself because I’ve worked with this for
a long time as a matter of fact I’ve worked with delusions mainly with
adolescents and some older adults I’ve never worked with delusions when it came
to children and teens it’s very children and younger teens I should say it’s very
rare that children and younger teens would have any delusional
characteristics so I’m going to use this time to talk to you about delusions and
I’m also going to talk about hallucinations because I think both
typically get confused but first I want to give you just a little bit background
on me so I’ve been in the field now for 10 years I’ve worked with a variety of
populations and a variety of modalities or in a variety of places of mental
health work I should say I started seen adults for therapy back when I was about
22 and I was in graduate school and I had started my internship with a
teaching University or hot flash hospital and I had worked with a bunch
of adult clients who are struggling with psychotic symptoms I worked with people
between the ages of thirty and six at that time so I was trying to find
what’s my niche and where I’m supposed to be and so I started working with
adults who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia which consisted also of
delusions and also consisted of hallucinations and I remember working
with these these individuals wondering why the field of psychology has had such
a difficult time working with these these individuals and I had a very good
psychiatrist that I was learning under and he would hold room conversations
with me during our supervision because he would go over my paperwork in my
caseload and all of that and I remember him telling me that the only cure that
we have for individuals who are suffering from delusions and
hallucinations is medication and the medication doesn’t necessarily target
the delusion that doesn’t necessarily target the hallucinations rather it
works on the emotional system so so whatever causes the individual to be
depressed it also works on withdrawal and isolation impulsivity and sometimes
sleep but we as a field of psychology still aren’t sure necessarily how to how
to help individuals who are suffering from psychotic delusions sometimes
medication can be very effective other times therapy and medication can
be effective but still even then you know the success rate can be pretty low
especially in hospital and residential settings so you know I I have that
experience and I had worked with these adults for about two years before I
realized that okay my nieces children and
adolescents families parents and caregivers prior to that though I worked
two years with the adults who were psychotic and suffering from paranoia
delusions and hallucinations so I want to share a little bit of my knowledge
about with you today there are definitely experts who know a
whole lot more than me but since I got this question today I figured that I
would share the answer with you today so let me define what a delusion is a
delusion is a strong belief held to be true despite evidence to the contrary
okay it’s a little bit difficult because a lot of people say well wait a minute
I’m a Christian you know I believe that you know God it was the father of Jesus
and that’s not a delusion that is very true I also am a Christian and I believe
in that and I live my life based on that however I am NOT delusional so it’s a
little bit hard sometimes for people to understand well wait a minute it’s a
strong belief held to be true well I have plenty of those the difference
between a delusion and a strong belief like Christianity or faith or religion
is that the delusion is so so strong it’s so held to be true that the person
has convictions about it the person is emotionally attached to the delusion
it’s a fuck based on or a belief based on a reality that really doesn’t exist
it is not a religious belief it is not faith it is an unstable pattern of
belief based on an incorrect perspective or perception about reality that’s the
best way that I can explain it to you I also explain delusions to my clients as
you know it causes emotional disturbance not to the person who’s delusional but
to the people around that person so it’s going to be very hard for people around
that delusional person to get them to see that this is not real
right the FBI is not chasing you um no one is planting worms in your food
no one is taking your medication from the pharmacy and trying to drug you up
or kill you it’s very hard to move a person who has firmly connected to their
delusion it’s hard to move them off of it so that’s a delusion paranoia can
also be a delusion but the difference I think between a delusion and paranoia is
that the paranoid person can almost sound non-bizarre so their delusions can
also be non-bizarre as well so let me just clarify that but a non bizarre
delusion or a non bizarre paranoia is it’s something that can actually be true
so a non bizarre delusion are non bizarre kind of paranoia would be my
postal worker isn’t giving me my mail every week like he’s he’s missing my
mailbox he’s putting other people’s mail in my mailbox right that is something
that can really happen so that’s a non bizarre but a person who has a bizarre
delusion or or a bizarre like paranoia might say something like you know
there’s a camera up there in the ceiling and it’s watching me or you know my
drink here there’s some cameras in here somewhere that’s watching me right
that’s a bizarre delusion and a bizarre kind of paranoia I’m also gonna post an
article on my website in for new knowledge calm which I explained this a
little bit more clear for you in the article so no worries you can always go
to my website infinite knowledge dot-com type and delusions and will come the
Articles that I’ve written in the past about delusions and paranoia so let me
also just mention really briefly I don’t wanna make this video too long for you
but I do want to give you correct information let me mention
hallucinations as well hallucinations are sensory experiences
that are perceived to be happening that they’re not happening an example of that
would be smelling something burning and nothing is cooking at all right or
seeing a cow over there or seeing five people mumble
at you over there right that’s a visual hallucination then we also have auditory
hallucinations so hearing things that are not there or hearing things that are
not really being said or happening we also have tactile hallucinations so
feeling like things are crawling on your body feeling like something’s crawling
in your hair feeling like whatever you’re standing on it’s rock so it’s
really hard and uncomfortable so that’s a tactile hallucination
there are all there’s also hallucinations when it comes to taste so
you might taste something that’s not really there you might get somebody to
say and my sheets drink ayuh sheets fan but you might give
somebody say you know what in this drink there’s poison in here because every
time I sit this I taste poison and I’m not drinking this I’ve actually been in
a hospital setting with an adult who’s very delusional and would have
hallucinations and and every time she would eat something she would say that
it had poison in it and I remember one time the staff member pushed up her
drink and sipped on him said there’s nothing in here and eat it she slapped
it out of his hand and said you’re not tell me what to do in as a matter of
fact you’re the one who tainted my drink and I’m gonna be reporting you and it
turned into this big thing and you know this poor woman was held hostage to not
only her delusional beliefs but her paranoia and her hallucinations as well
it’s a very scary diagnosis if treatment is not effective and the person who has
it can retreat into a very severe place if medication is not helping if the
person is not adhering to their medication schedule it could really be
difficult so I will be coming at you pretty soon with another video about how
to deal with someone who is delusional or has paranoid beliefs or is struggling
with hallucinations again I’m not an expert on this topic I am a trauma
therapist I’m a general therapist I work with kids families parents caregivers
and other individuals struggling with grief transitions and trauma so I am NOT
an expert on psych disorders but I can say that within the
10 years of working in this field I’ve worked with at least seven people who
have been diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia so I can give you a little
bit of my experience of some of the knowledge that I’ve gained about it
but again I am NOT an expert so I encourage you to look at this
information yourself educate yourself to if you know somebody who’s struggling
with delusions hallucinations or paranoia I encourage you to educate
yourself because you’re gonna need it so you know this is very complicated
disorder so you want to be able to have the knowledge that you need alright guys
so thanks so much for visiting me today go to my website infinite knowledge com
scroll down to the bottom of the page on the home page and you can send me a
voice message if you have questions for me or feedback you can also go to my
blog a blog stuff’s like central com slash caregivers and on there you will
find a bunch of articles on paranoid schizophrenia hallucinations delusions
and pathological mind so I look forward to talking to you guys really soon and
doing another video stay tuned because my next video is on its way I’m going to
be talking about autism spectrum disorders and ADHD which I think is
gonna be very helpful for families so I will see you guys really soon and as
always I wish you up you

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