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Psychosis: Understanding What Delusions Are & How They Happen

Delusions and hallucinations
Delusions can be stressful for the individual sufferer as well as others around the sufferer.

Psychosis is not a diagnosis. It is a symptom of a bigger problem.

Do you know someone with delusions or psychotic behaviors? If so, you are probably aware of the fact that their delusional beliefs make it difficult to engage them in conversation.

This article (and video) will summarize what delusions are and provide brief information on hallucinations as well.


Psychosis may include a variety of symptoms that make it difficult to exist in everyday life. Delusions are often apart of this psychosis. Delusions are false beliefs held to be true, despite evidence to the contrary.

They are held with strong convictions. Delusions are fixed and unable to be altered with facts. If you try to challenge the belief of someone who is delusional, you will most likely end up in an argument with the person. Communication with someone who struggles with delusions will include a variety of skills. We will talk more about this next week.

What are delusions?

Delusions are not always bizarre (i.e., unrealistic, strange, or psychotic). Non-bizarre delusions include beliefs that could be true. A non-bizarre delusion may include the strong belief that a mass disease can kill millions of people around the world. We all know that this is a possibility. On the other hand, a bizarre delusion may be that you are having an affair with your cousin.

Delusional beliefs become more complicated and dangerous when they are realistic or likely to be true. For example, a delusion that your spouse is having an affair may trigger you to hire a company to follow your spouse around.


Learn more about this topic in this video below:




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*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

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Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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