A paranoid disorder; although in practice often difficult to differentiate from paranoid schizophrenia, the delusions in this disorder are characteristically systematized and not bizarre, other characteristics of the active phase or schizophrenia are absent or only fleetingly present, personality functioning remains relatively intact outside the area of the delusional theme, and overall impairment remains less than in schizophrenia. Subtypes are recognized on the basis of the predominant delusional theme: erotomanic (i.e., the delusion that another person, usually of higher status, is in love with the person); grandiose (i.e., delusions of inflated worth, power, knowledge, or identity); jealous (i.e., the delusion that one’s sexual partner is unfaithful); persecutory (i.e., the delusion that one, or someone to whom one is close, is being treated malevolently); somatic (i.e., the delusion that one has some physical defect or nonpsychiatric medical condition); and mixed.












   

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