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Schizophrenia Delusions

Schizophrenia Delusions

The second most alarming of the symptoms associated with schizophrenia, along with hallucinations, are the schizophrenia delusions.  Delusions are a misinterpretation of reality.  They are often brought on during periods of physical or emotional stress, such as a lack of sleep or a disruption in relationships or occupation.  Delusions are a large portion of paranoid schizophrenia that inspire fear of being persecuted by some larger faction, such as the government, extraterrestrials, supernatural beings, or other similar groups.  So what are delusions and the various types, how do they affect the individual suffering with schizophrenia, and what can be done to interfere with their intensity?

What are Schizophrenia Delusions?

As the person with schizophrenia goes throughout his or her daily life, situations and events will be encountered that are available for misinterpretation.  Their significance can be extremely exaggerated, intentions and actions surrounding them  misunderstood, and paranoia risen to unmanageable levels. A natural tendency for anyone is to initially personalize events before realizing the ridiculousness of the situation.

Take, for example, the common situation of walking through a shopping mall, and as you pass by a group of people they begin laughing.  We all have moments of insecurity and will consider the possibility that they were laughing at us, but then we realize that is silly and we should have better self-esteem.  But a person suffering with schizophrenic delusions may believe that the people were laughing at him personally.  The level of the delusion can rise to seemingly improbable heights, such as these people being sent by the government to psychically torment him, because when they began laughing his auditory hallucinations began flaring up and he heard voices of ridicule.

The problem with delusions is that they become very complex and are substantiated by what seems to be a legit web of supportive evidence.  Any attempt to refute or dissuade the believer can land the healthy helper into a role in the sinister plot.  The convictions are strong and can lead to desperate acts of behavior that can be dangerous.  Let’s now take the time to look into the various types of delusions that can occur.

Delusions of Persecution

Persecutory delusions follow a theme of paranoia surrounding being the target or victim of someone’s negative attention.  This could involve being under the surveillance of a secret military group, or as simple as society having agreed to ridicule and laugh at them.  When regular misfortunes occur, such as spilling one’s drink of water, the person may think a cosmic trickster has chosen them as the butt of the joke.  These delusions of persecution can be frightening and cause an individual to react to them in a paranoid style that includes defending themselves from perceived threats.

Delusions of Grandeur

Grandiose delusions involve viewing oneself with an inflated value or worth.  A person may come to believe they have very strong psychic powers, is the reincarnation of an important and powerful person, or even that they are the messiah sent to save the universe.  Messianic delusions are quite common.  A person may hatch a very ambitious plan with the belief that it will be easily executed and other damaging possibilities to safety, finance, and social standing.

Delusions of Reference

Referential delusions are very confusing.  It can appear as if some hidden order to reality is in place and that the perceiver has figured it out.  If combined with paranoia, it can take on a twist similar to the persecutory delusions.  Examples of delusions of reference could be that the government is hiding secret messages to the individual in the newspaper, or that god is aligning events in a certain manner to pass hidden knowledge, or that aliens are transmitting secrets through what appears to be meaningless radio and television signals.

Schizophrenia Delusions of Lesser Prevalence

There are many more types of subcategories of delusions that can occur.  These happen with a lesser frequency than the main ones discussed above, but let’s take a quick look at them for the sake of completion.

Somatic Delusions

Somatic delusions involve the body of the individual as a hypochondriac.  A person may begin to believe they have a specific illness or an unknown disease when this isn’t the case.  It is also possible that a person dealing with somatic delusions who is also paranoid may think aliens or the government have implanted devices in their brains or body, or that they are pregnant, or are host to parasites, etc.

Erotomanic Delusions

Erotomanic delusions are strange and cruel because they make the individual suffering with schizophrenic delusions the object of desire, lust, and love, usually from someone who is unattainable.  The unattainable may be a celebrity, a spirit, or any other bizarre possibility.

Cotard Delusions

These delusions or very philosophical in nature.  They may remind someone of solipsism, the theory that only the individual’s consciousness exists and that all external perceptions are illusions.  Many religions and spiritualities have toyed with these ideas, but the delusional person may believe that they themselves are dead.  They are deceased, or do not exist, or are zombies.

Why Do Delusions Happen?

People can become very paranoid.  Their family wants to poison them.  Their family has been replaced by perfect cyborg replacements.  They can feel very worthless or guilty and believe the police or their boss is after them.  Impending doom or death may be imminent in particularly nihilistic individuals.  Extreme jealousy can occur, such as believing one’s partner is cheating on them, and everyone else knows it.  A person can become caught in a celestial battle of good and evil.  All of these possibilities have happened in one individual or another, but why do these themes arise, and why do delusions in general occur?

Simple erroneous beliefs can start with a simple misperception of an event.  The problem is, with schizophrenia delusions, the delusional disorder involved causes the individual to continue updating and reinforcing the delusion rather than dismiss it.  Instead of assimilating the misperceived event into a category of thought that already exists, they continue to accommodate them, creating new realities and opening possibilities that are very improbable.  The complexity climbs and the random, interconnected web of support for the belief begins to make more and more sense until it all finally “clicks.”

Many of times these delusions arise due to an either extremely deflated or inflated self-esteem, and then persist on the basis of the paradoxical uncertainty and certainty of paranoia.  They persist due to memory reconsolidation, the constant process of updating and revising the conspiracy to support it’s truths.  They become so strong that they are impervious to ever being contradicted or proven wrong.

How Can Delusions Be Treated?

As with other forms of illness associated with schizophrenia, the main ways of treating delusions are with medication, psychotherapy, and social support.  Medication can remove the emotional stressors, including unstable emotions, depression, and anxiety that are often precursors for these delusions.  Psychotherapy can help the individual gain insight into the errors of their thought and help recognize red flags in thought and perception that help them keep from ‘buying into’ the delusional beliefs.  Finally, social support such as support groups and solid friendships and family relationships can help the individual focused on recovery and from losing faith.  Having a constant reminder to remain in reality not fall into lure of the delusion is important.

Please remember that if you begin having thoughts that seem bizarre to others but not to yourself, and you have other symptoms related to schizophrenia, there is a possibility that they are delusional in nature, no matter how well-supported they seem.  Always be aware of the possibility.    If you suspect this may be the case, tell a family member, friend, or doctor.


  1. A loved one of mine is most likely suffering from Erotomanic delusions. He has made me write stories about him and a fictional character and today he told us that suicide would be the best option for him because God would reunite him with said fictional character. What should we do?

  2. Kay, I would not take any mention of permanent self-harm lightly, due to the irreversible nature of that kind of action. I would make sure that someone who is physically capable of restraining your loved one to be around at all times, and I would make a concerted effort to convince him or her to see a psychiatrist or psychologist willingly. As with delusions, the person is not likely to realize anything is wrong or out of order. I would consult a local psychiatrist or psychologist first and seek some form of arrangement with them. They will be able to consult you with the best course of action. Best of luck.

  3. My bf thinks he’s the antichrist and medication only helps so much how do I help him ?

  4. I have a relative that makes up stores that my husband and myself are dead and a cop came and told her this. Should I be worried I will be harmed?

Click Your State to View the Surrounding Schizophrenia Treatment Centers

To view the the schizophrenia treatment centers in your local area, please click the state in which you live on the map above or find your state in the alphabetized links above. Each respective page will lists the name, address, and contact number for each individual treatment center. You may also visit the top level page of the directory by clicking here and navigate further from there.
Read the description and visit the personal webpage of each treatment center to find out more information. You can contact them from there, but we understand that this is a tedious and intimidating process, so we've provided a form you can fill out with the requested information and we'll set you up with the most appropriate treatment center for your needs.
If you require further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at Schiz Life. We are here to serve the needs of the schizophrenia community and are happy to do so!

Schiz Life - Living With Schizophrenia

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For many of us, living with schizophrenia is our reality. And instead of struggling with the wish of how things “could be,” we finally come to an acceptance of our predicament and ultimately we embrace the fact of our lives: We are people dealing with schizophrenia. So then the question becomes not “Why” we suffer from this illness, but “How” we will cope and continue to enjoy our lives. We certainly will not give up! We have every right to demand the niceties, freedoms, and enjoyments of life to which all living creatures are entitled. This is what Schiz Life is all about.

Mission Statement Concerning Schizophrenia Information and Culture

Schiz Life serves to…

  • • Provide a safe haven for persons who wish to converse, cope, and share their experiences with schizophrenia in a positive manner in an attempt to celebrate the beauty of life, especially concerning our unique perspective on existence.
  • • Provide the highest quality of information concerning our psychological difficulties, including a frame of reference on the symptoms, treatment, history, and the future of schizophrenia.
  • • Take corrective action to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding schizophrenia, such as false ideas surrounding the cause, associations with violence, and others, all being perpetuated by the media by providing truth through scientific research and statistics.

Schiz Life intends to achieve this goal in the following manner:

The Schiz Life Schizophrenia Action Plan

  1. 1. We will continue to take advantage of internet outreach, contacting news agencies and other medical bloggers in hopes that they will join us in raising awareness of schizophrenia.
  2. 2. We will continue to promote this website through video and media outlets, including the dissemination of informational videos and graphics such as the first official schizophrenia infographic.
  3. 3. We will all contribute where possible off-line, including at health expo’s, psychology conferences, and any other relevant opportunity to spread the good word.

Thank You for Your Part in the Schizophrenia Journey!

We all thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for playing your role in the developing journey surrounding schizophrenia awareness and research. With all of our combined efforts, we will change the way the world perceives this illness and we will advance the medical efforts of professionals in their search for a cure and effective medicines. Thank you again!

Do Your Part!

Do you know of a great schizophrenia resource out there? Let us know! Do you see a person in need inside the comments of this site? Lend them some advice or encouragement! Are you a graphic designer or artist? Show us your work and I'm sure we can find some way to include your skills here on the site. Are you a writer who would like to contribute to the site? Shoot us an email and we'll discuss it. This site is for all of us and excludes none of us. Contact us for any reason and get involved!

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Try This Quick Schizophrenia Mini-Quiz:

This is but a quick quiz to test your general knowledge of schizophrenia. If you would like to take the extended and in-depth quiz, venture over to our Schizophrenia Quiz page and see just how much you know! Try the Schizophrenia Test to gauge your symptom levels.

Schizophrenia Quiz Directions: Please select the correct answer for each question and then press the button below to grade your quiz.

1. What is the term for perceiving stimuli that doesn't exist?

2. Which is NOT a type of schizophrenia?

3. Which of the following is a symptom of schizophrenia?

4. How common is schizophrenia in the general population?

5. Who can diagnose a case of schizophrenia?

6. How can schizophrenia be treated?

7. Are the causes of schizophrenia genetic or environmental?

8. What is the most common age of onset?

9. Catatonia is categorized as what type of symptom?

10. Is Schiz Life the best website about schizophrenia?


Show me the answers!


Question 1: The correct answer is the Hallucination.
Question 2: The correct answer is Hyperlipid.
Question 3: The correct answer is All of the Above.
Question 4: The correct answer is 1%.
Question 5: The correct answer is A Doctor.
Question 6: The correct answer is All of the Above Should Be Used.
Question 7: The correct answer is Both.
Question 8: The correct answer is 25.
Question 9: The correct answer is Negative.
Question 10: The correct answer is DON'T BE A PARTY POOPER!.
You answered them all right! Good job! You know a little something about schizophrenia, don't you!


How To Use This Site

If you're brand new to this site, it might look overwhelming until you get a sense of where things are at.  Schiz Life is a content-based site, much like a newspaper or a magazine.  However, we focus strictly and solely on schizophrenia.  So where does all of this content reside?  We have decided to separate our articles into several categories, as described below:


This category will be of the most interest to those who wish to gain a very broad but shallower overview of the entirety of the academic view of schizophrenia.  We cover all of the topics you'd expect to find in an abnormal psychology text book here, and at a similar depth.  It is a great introduction to this illness and will guide you further along into deeper topics.


We cover various angles such as statistics, research, and more factually based views of schizophrenia and place them in this category.  One could say that it is almost a repository for article that don't fit into the other categories, but it is more than that.  Go check it to find out more!


The name says it all.  This category of content covers all topics related to the treatment and prevention of schizophrenia and its relapses.  We've started with the empirically sound and scientifically backed methods first, but we intend to venture into more holistic and alternative therapies as well.  Without investigating all options, progress wont' be made, and so we do.


There are countless symptoms involved in schizophrenia. We cover them in depth in this category, including the positive (outward) and negative (inward) symptoms of every type of this disorder.  There is much to read here, so if a particular symptom is giving you or a loved one trouble, this is the place to go and learn more about it.


What use is all of this information when we simply don't feel good enough to read it and learn?  The category for coping provides many ideas that you can apply to your own life to help you maintain the best health possible, physically, psychologically, and spiritually.  Schizophrenia is a mental illness that some of us simply cannot escape, but we can learn to live with it, minimize its problematic aspects, and take advantage of some of the aspects it unlocks within us that others don't have!


Let's face it.  People are afraid of what they don't understand.  This category addresses the cultural issue of schizophrenia and it's impacts on the way we are treated or perceived by the masses.  It is up to us to represent ourselves in the best light and to combat the myths and misunderstandings that exist in the world concerning our plight.  Learn about these issues here and apply them in your lives!


There are other classifications of illnesses that are very closely related to schizophrenia.  The only differences might just be a research label actually, but we have found it useful to place these articles in a category of their own.  We deal with schizophreniform and psychosis disorders and their respective symptoms here.


While the medical community deals with schizophrenia as a psychological or physical disorder of the brain, those of us who actually experience it know it is much more.  It is a philosophical, spiritual, metaphysical, and mythological issue.  Coming to terms with this, confronting it, integrating it, and reconciling it leads to much higher functioning not only as an individual diagnosed with schizophrenia but as a member of society in general.  We have a deeper access to this aspect of life and have a great opportunity for learning and healing.


Many of us past and present have chosen to express ourselves through the arts.  Whether this is painting and drawing, poetry, dancing, or any other artform, it is healthy and beautiful.  We are writing biographies, displaying artwork, and welcoming submissions from our own community to be included here in this category!  Please submit if you have something to share!


The internet has opened up the world.  There is a constant flow of news concerning our illness but you wouldn't know it by watching the television.  We cover new research topics, treatment modalities, and nationwide and worldwide coverage of schizophrenia or incidents related to it in this category!

Other Items

We have also included other items of interest throughout our website.  For instance, we are producing a series of infographics to help educate the public on this topic.  We also are collecting and reviewing books concerning the illness.  In addition, we have created a directory for the United States of all treatment facilities and hospitals that have staff that are trained to work with schizophrenia cases.  Please look around and find these sections and more.


There is something that was slightly mentioned in the footer of the site, but that could be overlooked easily so we felt it was the responsible thing to do to create a large disclaimer to be displayed here on the homepage.  This has to do completely with safety.  Let us explain.

Individual Uniqueness

unique individualEvery individual on this planet is a unique person.  Even more so, those of us dealing with this special psychological difficulty are even more unique, if that makes sense.  On this site, we are talking about one of the most complex brain mysteries ever and it expresses itself through every person differently.  Every case is going to have it's own peculiarities and all we are able to do in the articles on the site is speak in generalities.  We invite anyone to leave appropriate comments and engage in discussion, however we can't take responsibility for their words.  Nor can we take responsibility for the actions of any individual or group who have at one time or another visited our website.

Always Consult a Medical Professional

medical professionalIf you find yourself in a situation where you're trying to learn more about your condition or are trying to cope through a moment of crisis, please do not act upon any of the information listed on this site, whether in the main content or comments, without first corroborating the accuracy of the info with a medical professional first.  Reach out to a general practitioner, psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor.  Even then it's always helpful to have a second opinion from a separate professional as well.  Again, we must stress... always act with safety as the foremost concern, and this means consulting professionals before engaging in any practice intended to treat your condition.

Please Be Considerate About Delusions

delusion discussionWe understand that delusions can be very confusing and convincing.  We also understand that delusions can center around topics that simply are too philosophical to be proven wrong or correct and thus are tempting to explore in-depth.  We have no problem with this exploration as long as it is not harmful to those discussing it.  Please use your best discretion in this regard.  If the staff of Schiz Life step in and begin deleting comments or halting a conversation, please respect their decision and understand it is not personal.

Investigating delusions is encouraged.  Delusions are interesting due to their nature of being understood as strange and outside the norm of the culture of the experiencer, but there is a vast number of individuals visiting this site from many cultures.  There is a subtle difference between discussing these topics, and encouraging or trolling.  Please find that balance and abide by the above suggestions.

We also, under no circumstances, will tolerate anyone discussing or suggesting harming themselves or others.  Past-tense symptom discussion in this regard is fine, but nothing in the future tense will be allowed.

General Discussion Guidelines

We encourage discussion in the comments as much as possible and are looking into offering a forum and personal blogs as well.  In all of these mediums when carrying on conversation, there are some useful questions to ask yourself before posting that comment or response.

The main question to ask yourself is the following:

Is what I'm about to post going to help and support or will it further entrench illness and suffering?

Please consider this as you enjoy Schiz Life.  Try not to post angry or hurtful comments.  Try not to criticize or blame others.  Be as supportive, encouraging, and respecting as you can.  Accepting and negotiating differences is key to carrying on constructive conversation.

Remember, there is a real person on the other side of the screen.  It's easy to assume the other person is in a similar situation as yourself, but you don't know the extent of their emotions, symptoms, nor their age or even gender.

Let's Do This Together!

Let's have a supportive and comforting community where we all feel open and able to share as much as possible.  If you receive support from someone, please pay that forward and try to help out someone else.  If we all do this, we should all be okay!  Thank you for reading and enjoying this thing we are building together.

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