✦ Schizoaffective disorder
✦ Delusional disorder
✦ Schizophreniform disorder
✦ Shared psychotic disorder
✦ Brief psychotic disorder
✦ Substance-induced psychotic disorder
✦ Bipolar disorder
✦ Major depressive disorder with psychotic features
✦ An affected individual might believe that secret messages about him are being broadcast on a television show.
✦ A delusional person who considers himself to be a spy might record and watch TV programs, as he believes that cues or secret messages have been left for him on the shows.
✦ A delusional patient might believe that each time a dog barks, one day gets reduced from his/her life.
✦ An affected person might believe that all the people walking on a crowded street are talking about him/her.
✦ Such individuals might find the gestures, dressing style, etc., of a TV anchorperson to be of significance to them.
✦ They might believe that electronic devices are sending secret messages that are only meant for them.
- persecutory delusions (believing one is under surveillance or being followed)
- grandiose delusions (believing one is famous, influential, or has extraordinary powers)
- delusion of control (belief that others are controlling one’s thoughts, feelings, impulses, behavior)
- nihilistic delusion (belief in the non-existence of self, parts of self, others)
- delusion of infidelity (false belief that one’s spouse/lover is having an affair)
- delusion of guilt (belief that one has committed a crime or is responsible for a disaster)
- somatic delusion (belief that one’s body is diseased, abnormal, or changing)
- delusion that one’s mind is being read, thoughts are being heard aloud, or thoughts are being inserted or removed