10 Rare Psychological Delusions

10 Rare Psychological Delusions


Paranoia is more or less mainstream these
days, and not without justification. Thankfully, though, a great many fears remain
baseless. Paranoid delusions like “someone has stolen
my face,” or “everyone knows what I’m doing” are for the most part demonstrably
false. They exist at the margins of clinical psychology,
affecting only a small handful of patients, usually in conjunction with some other mental
illness or head injury. But for those suffering them, each of the
ten delusions below are in fact absolute realities—in some cases confirmed over decades—and there’s
no way to persuade patients otherwise. Many are even aware of how irrational they
sound but continue to believe in them anyway. After all, as the old maxim goes, “just
because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” 10. Erotomania Erotomania (or Clérambault’s Syndrome,
phantom lover syndrome, psychotic erotic transference, or simply amor insanus) afflicts women far
more than it does men. It involves the delusion that someone, usually
of a higher social standing, like a celebrity, is somehow in love with the patient—despite
never having met them in many cases. Often, this alleged affection is “communicated”
to the patient by way of subtle signals or messages—on TV, for instance, or via telepathy,
or encoded in certain states’ license plates. One young woman believed she’d actually
given birth to her secret admirer’s children, and that they were taken away by psychiatrists. She also believed the bond between her and
her admirer (in this case a classmate she’d never really been close to) was so strong
that the entire world was aware of it, including the president of the United States. Generally, people with erotomania say they’re
only attracted to their admirer because their admirer is so attracted to them. But they frequently get aggressive in their
pursuit. One of the most famous cases is that of Robert
Hoskins who, in 1995, stalked and threatened Madonna in the belief they were destined to
marry. As is typical of erotomaniacs, his obsession
persisted for many years despite numerous setbacks, including getting shot for trespassing
and sentenced to ten years in jail. 9. Capgras Delusion Nobody really knows what causes Capgras delusion
exactly, but it’s often associated with methamphetamine abuse, schizophrenia, and
neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. According to a Japanese psychiatry journal,
it may even have something to do with the existence of parallel worlds. Those who suffer from the delusion are convinced
that people around them—usually their nearest and dearest and sometimes even pets—have
been replaced by lookalike imposters. And it’s not all that rare as you’d think. Affecting a great many patients with dementia,
it’s much better described as “uncommon.” Capgras can also be related to head trauma. Following an almost deadly traffic accident,
one patient emerged from a five-week coma accusing his parents of being frauds. Curiously, he was otherwise compos mentis,
making an articulate case that the woman who made his breakfast was too good a cook to
be his mother and the man who drove him around was too good a driver to be his dad. Some people with Capgras think everyone around
them has been replaced. One 39-year-old patient not only accused his
entire family of being imposters, for example, but he also believed that the government was
being run by duplicates of the President, the First Lady, and the senators. Later, in a bid to carry out “God’s work,”
he shot and killed his father, wounded his nephew, and also wounded a stranger he presumed
to be an evil accomplice. Another Capgras patient used a toy gun to
hold up a newsreader live on air, forcing them to relay his beliefs to the public. 8. Fregoli Delusion Recently portrayed in the animated movie Anomalisa,
the Fregoli delusion is in a way the polar opposite of Capgras. Instead of recognizing the face and not the
person behind it, Fregoli sufferers recognize the person but not the face they’re “wearing.” In other words, they believe an apparent stranger
(or group of strangers) is really someone they know in disguise. Often, this conviction manifests as an unshakeable
feeling of familiarity around people they’ve only just met. And while it may be episodic—sometimes lasting
no more than a day—it tends to be extremely unpleasant to live through, fraught with wild
paranoia and conspiratorial thinking. “Betty,” for instance, became convinced
that a former lover and his girlfriend were inhabiting her neighbors’ bodies and changing
their appearance at will, all in a convoluted attempt, apparently, to keep her quiet about
her own relationship with the man. Another patient, a schizophrenic, physically
attacked his doctor, believing him to be the nurse who medicated him incorrectly on another
night—supposedly in a scheme to hurt him. Unlike the Capgras delusion (named for the
psychiatrist who discovered it), the Fregoli delusion was named after an Italian actor,
Leopold Fregoli, whose knack for rapidly changing his appearance was legendary. It is thought to be caused by brain injury—particularly
to the right frontal and left temporoparietal regions—or levodopa (L-DOPA) treatment for
Parkinson’s. 7. Intermetamorphosis Intermetamorphosis as a delusion is comparable
to Capgras and Fregoli, but with the crucial difference that strangers aren’t involved—either
as the person misidentified or their alleged true identity. Instead, patients with this condition tend
to mistake someone they know well for another person they know (or knew) well. Intermetamorphosis commonly presents itself
alongside other mental disorders, and neurodegeneration in general. One woman suffering from depression and paranoia,
for example, believed her husband had transformed into their neighbor. He didn’t just take on this neighbor’s
face and mannerisms, she said, he was also unable to repair a powercut despite being
an electrician. The related delusion of reverse intermetamorphosis,
meanwhile, afflicts people who believe that they themselves have transformed into another. 6. Syndrome of Subjective Doubles (SSD) Many of us have probably entertained the notion
that somewhere out there, going about their business, is an identical clone of ourselves. But while most of us might locate these hypothetical
doppelgängers in an equally hypothetical parallel universe, many SSD sufferers think
they’re living next door. The discoverer of this condition, Greek psychiatrist
George Nikos Christodoulou, related the case of a young woman who believed her neighbor
was effectively stealing her identity—right down to the clothing, build, and even face. And when a doppelgänger is believed to have
fully absorbed one’s personality, the result is depersonalization. Patients have described the feeling of meeting
their double as a sense of vague familiarity followed by mounting horror. Some are so traumatized by the experience
of “being divided in two,” in fact, that they end up resorting to suicide, desperately
hoping to reunite them as one. Like many on this list, SSD tends to accompany
other psychological disorders, including epilepsy, as well as other paranoid delusions. But doppelgängers have also been reported
by otherwise healthy high altitude climbers, who very commonly encounter them on mountains. 5. Reduplicative Paramnesia There are apparently doppelgängers for places
too—at least according to reduplicative paramnesiacs. Such patients are typically convinced that
their home, or another familiar place, has been cloned to another location. So, for instance, they might believe the mental
hospital they’re being treated at is somehow a duplicate of their house, or that their
house is disguised as the hospital. One woman even complained, after being discharged,
that “they” never returned all her furniture. Yet patients rarely feel more troubled than
this. Indeed, the condition might sometimes serve
as a comfort, as it likely does for wounded soldiers convinced their field hospital is
in their hometown. 4. The Truman Show Delusion While it’s hardly a delusion to think we’re
being watched, few of us would say by TV. For some, however, the feeling of constant,
televised surveillance is all too real—much like The Truman Show (or the more recent real-life
version, Susunu! Denpa Shonen, in which a naked man was observed
for a year). Sufferers tend to believe they’re surrounded
by hidden cameras and that a production crew is somehow controlling their fate, just like
in the movie. Writer Kevin Hall actually believed he was
on a show named after the movie, the “TrumanKev Show” as he called it. In one dramatic “episode,” he stole a
truck and drove it around Tokyo, simply because the keys were on board—a sign, he presumed,
the director had this in mind. Another characteristic of the Truman Show
delusion is the belief that everyone is involved—not just those making the programme and the millions
at home watching, but also friends, family, and even strangers—all of them actors and
extras following a script. Oddly enough, one patient with the delusion
actually worked on a reality TV show for real, gradually coming to believe that he was the
one being broadcast. Like many sufferers, he was diagnosed with
bipolar disorder and particularly manic episodes. 3. Cotard’s Syndrome Some delusions have nothing whatsoever to
do with other people and are characterized instead by horrific beliefs about one’s
body. Sufferers of Cotard’s syndrome are a prime
example, with some of the worst cases convinced that they’re dead—even to the point of
being able to smell their own flesh rotting. “Mademoiselle X.,” in 1880, was one of
the first cases to come to French neurologist Jules Cotard’s attention and he called her
condition le délire de négation (negation delirium). According to his notes, the 43-year-old woman
claimed to be missing her vital organs and asked for her corpse to be burned. Strangely enough, though, despite giving up
food, she wasn’t really all that concerned, because, in this state, she said, she was
destined to “live forever.” There’s often no way to rationally argue
with these people either. In 2012, a Japanese doctor presented with
such a patient pointed out the logical inconsistency that dead men cannot speak. In response, his patient simply agreed that
his condition defied logic. And even after the delusion had passed, he
remained adamant that it was true at the time, insisting he had somehow returned from the
dead. Cotard’s often arises from head injuries
and serious accidents, which at least provide a basis for the belief. Sometimes, however, patients believe they’ve
always been “dead,” as in the case of a Greek patient in 2003 who claimed he was
born without a brain. Others combine the symptoms of Cotard’s
with other psychological delusions, such as clinical lycanthropy. An Iranian man, for example, not only believed
he was dead but also that he was a dog. 2. Ekbom’s Syndrome Not to be confused with Wittmaack-Ekbom or
restless legs syndrome (though it may come up as a symptom), Ekbom’s syndrome is the
belief that one is infested with insects. Sufferers usually see these on or under the
skin and can feel them biting as well. Needless to say, it can rapidly get out of
hand. One patient felt compelled to change her mattress
over and over again, as well as her entire wardrobe, all to no avail. And as her delusion worsened, she came to
believe that her insides were infested as well, finding bits of bugs even in her feces
and spit. Many sufferers, having already scratched their
flesh raw, take to peeling the scabs off to “let the bugs out.” Although technically “rare” (affecting
less than 1 in 1,500 people in the US), it is estimated that more than 100,000 Americans
suffer from Ekbom’s syndrome. And cases can sometimes span decades, occasionally
plaguing sufferers right up until the day that they die. Often, all it takes is the discovery of one
or two real bugs around the house to validate and exacerbate the delusion. Worse still, like any real infestation, Ekbom’s
is typically contagious. Before long, others in the household will
start complaining of similar symptoms. 1. Thought Insertion Having thoughts that are not one’s own or
hearing voices inside of one’s head are symptoms commonly associated with schizophrenia. But they’re also a growing concern among
so-called targeted individuals (TIs); that is, people who strongly believe the government
is watching them (more than the average person, anyway). Thoughts are “transmitted” to them, many
say, via “microchip implants” and tend to be aggressive in nature—encouraging targets
to kill their families, for example, or threatening the targets themselves. But these thoughts can also be dull or nonsensical;
what bothers sufferers the most is the continual, invasive interruption. Sometimes things get so bad that they’ll
go to any lengths to get rid of the implants—similar to the desperate picking and scratching of
Ekbom’s. One woman managed to find a surgeon willing
to gouge out part of her finger, supposedly to remove illegally implanted nanotech. Even so, she continued to live a life on the
run, shielding her brain from electromagnetic radiation by wearing a literal tin foil hat,
or more often a lead balaclava. Obviously this is a tricky delusion to deal
with—and that’s assuming it’s a delusion in the first place (after all, we can’t
listen in on thoughts; and if we could, we could feasibly plant them). Treatments are non-specific, limited to the
underlying cause if it can be found. Otherwise, patients might come up with their
own ways of coping. To reclaim ownership over their thoughts,
for example, some schizophrenics take to verbalizing those that seem alien. Of course, given the frequency, not to mention
the nature, of some of these thoughts, it’s hardly an ideal solution.

Comments

(100 Comments)

  • PalmerWhit

    I probably could have the possibility of carrying erotomaniac tendencies.

  • roddo

    3 years ago, I noticed weird things going on when I went into 'therapy' for a burnout. 3 months in, I thought I was being 'tricked', in the style of the Truman Show. I was ofcourse, told that it was a delusion. Then I was told I was psychotic. When I played along; they'd brush it off as: you are not psychotic! You were just overstressed!" The next time I confronted them they said" you are psychotic! You are probably schizophrenic, we need to give you antipsychotics'. They double teamed up by bringing in a new therapist and I was basically verbally exhausted in taking the pills. Turns out they were sugartablets. I played along and lied about taking them. Yet they told me that I was doing so much better. Everytime I protested I got a new diagnosis. All of them with the same very likely outcome: suicide. After being gaslighted for years, I don't feel that great about life.Last Saturday, the Truman Show was on tv. Today, this was on my recommended. I don't think I have much longer to live.

  • Luke F

    Epilepsy isn't a psychological disorder. Do you have it? Do you know anything about it? Or are you just talking in a way that sounds informed, but really doing so pretty cluelessly? Do you write this or does someone else? Do you just read it out regardless? Using terms such as 'obviously' and 'of course' to prepunctuate your points doesn't lend them gravitas if you're talking b**locks.

  • Wicked Mystic

    I do believe they know why people suffer from capgras

  • Chris E

    Weeeeiiirdddd❗️

  • Julia Giles

    Okay, I do like your videos and watch them a lot, but you do need to fact check yourself before you say things. In this video, you referred to epilepsy as a "psychological condition" which is most certainly is NOT. It's a neurological disorder, which is quite different. So basically you've just labeled a lot of people as psychologically ill, incorrectly. Did you bother to think about how this might affect someone with a seizure disorder, who just believes what you tell them–maybe because they're still just youngsters, or even because they're not well read? Overall, I find your videos entertaining, but if you're going to try to present factual information about actual medical or psychological issues, you have a moral responsibility to get it right.

  • Alison Williams

    Damn brain, you scary!

  • Haven Sabaini

    As a child, I constantly thought cameras were following me and filming me…is this just childish imagination or was I suffering delusions?!?

  • taylor Castleberry

    How crazy would it be if all these peoples delusions weren't real and telling them they were delusional was a way to cover it up. I'm sure that's not the case but that would be nuts

  • Gustave Frankfurter

    You made this video because of the chip implanted in my body! And turn off all of these cameras in my home!

  • supergaytor

    Have you guys heard about the brother who became a zombie slave?

  • Danny C. Howard

    Lol lol lol lol

  • Dominic Mosimann

    For me, Simon is exaggerateing his gestures. It doesn't look natural anymore.

  • Eliz Donovan

    At 13:13 you Suggest that epilepsy is a psychological disorder. Epilepsy is a-neurological disorder.
    🌲🌝☘️

  • MadakiNomaroishi

    Being transgender is a delusional condition 👌

  • Claire

    This is so interesting and sad. Is that why little old ladies at the nursing home would think I was their long lost daughter? 😔

  • Mort

    I've had the Truman delusion, i know lots of people who have on bad trips haha

  • Tommy Northwood

    I'm the worlds TV show. Just like Truman.

  • MassivePonyFan

    Anyone else notice Simon's pecs?

  • billybleeds crimson

    Whew! I feel normal now.

  • Bertie Pimplebum

    Man goes to see a psychiatrist.
    "I haven't come here for myself, I've come about my brother."
    "What's wrong with your brother?" the psychiatrist asks.
    "He thinks he's an orange."
    "That sounds bad," says the psychiatrist, "where is your brother now?"
    "Here he is, in my pocket" the man replies.

  • Adam and Ava 6 Emery and emery

    I once pretended that I believed my now ex wife had been transformed into another person and a total stranger was inhabiting her body. She eventually proceeded to kick my a$$ and ruin my life ( see Top Ten Ways to Spot a Sociopath ). So I decided to run away in search of my twin.
    I was really hiding in a motel from lizard people.

  • Anton Smilevsky

    What about sexual dysphoria? Not so rare now though…

  • Ebonee Griffin

    Mayors in America according to the (wall street journal 7/11/2019)are paying random money to hackers claiming they're protecting our (the people s )..information.yeaah..I'm hearing you though..

  • Hellige Trinity

    Epilepsy is NOT a psychological disorder—please correct this. It is neurological. You are responsible for Truth. Thanks

  • Owaissa Althea Dickey

    We are a DID System and our human mom had a rare postpartum psychosis called " changling baby syndrome" and wouldn't have anything to do with Us until We were 1 1/2 years old and Our brother was born. We have something called Mowgli Syndrome ( due to inconsistant human care and being raised with/by the pets )and We used to have Ekbom Syndrome(caused by Tormentor Alter).Another Alter tricked him out of Our System.These are very strange and debilitating conditions but are Very Real. "Changling Baby Syndrome" is the least known of the 3 postpartum psychosis…the one that is known/spoken about the most is where the baby/child is killed either " to protect him/her" or because the " child/baby is considered evil". There is also the "fragile baby" syndrome….where the parent(s) are afraid that the baby will get damaged if it is touched/ held. Many "delusional conditions" are actually trauma based…esp trauma that wasnt properly diagnosed nor processed through yet.We have alot of conditions including DID,CPTSD,Unipolar Depression and alot of Phobias…most have been around since birth.

  • Owaissa Althea Dickey

    There have been many people that have talked to Us…while believing that We were someone they knew…long before realizing their mistake.

  • geoff r

    Number 11: Spirtuality and religion

  • Cameron McNamara

    Sorry – did you just refer to epilepsy as a psychological issue?! 6:52

  • molly bister

    you need to take your psych money back to school and learn how to COOK!

  • Chris Dykstra

    I've been dead since 1995.

  • Jason Buhagiar

    This blokes voice puts me off the videos

  • FORHEAVEN'SSAKEIDON'THAVEWIFI! DOH!

    Curious. Do you do anything else? Or do you have a team of researchers with this as your paid job? We can only guess the authenticity of these posts, but every day another list? I don't think I'll get an answer. But this is beyond what any person, let alone team, can produce daily. I worked in tv so am aware of bulk pre-recordings.
    This is a mystery worthy of you making a list of!

  • Aisaka Taiga

    Moral of the story, don't hit your head.

  • Vivien Williams

    I do not suffer from erotomania; the fact that Johnny Depp is pursuing me and won't take no for an answer is a daily problem for me. Johnny, get a life !

  • Mentally Disturbed Science

    I work in a law office. We get so many calls from people who think the medical industry is out to get them and that everyone is lying to them, and nobody will help them. It's so sad, and it's hard to decline these cases because what they really need is medical help, but they can't be made to understand that. Our inability to help them then drives their belief that everyone's out to get them.

  • The Jezus

    No transgenderism.

  • Loca Luna

    The person being admired is not the admirer. In #10 you incorrectly referred them to be.

  • doug pug

    what about the sjw`s and feminist communist perfect world delusions

  • Yewbdar Petros

    I was writing to ask what the level would be what's happening around .
    People's personal experience called. Crazy, to dismissed it. In this case- like snow In Mexico in middle summer of Mexico? Or several parts of the world never seen ice in life?
    How many police reports out there luckily various impostors/ doublegangers?

  • Andrea simon

    i think some delusions are the works of evil spirits
    im not some crazy church goer tho i believe my own beliefs
    but yea i truly think demons are involved for sure
    not all cases but some

  • Joshua Marin

    WTF is wrong with people?! If I met my doppelganger I'd probably creep him out by being too inquisitive. Hopefully he's got better weed than me and is even more generous.

  • Ja Series

    When I was a little kid I felt like there were hidden cameras in the vents, any holes, ect.. Just watching me.
    Seeing the Truman show actually helped absolve me of this delusion, somehow, I was able to relate it to a work of fiction and a silly idea.

  • Kaylee F

    The brain is so complicated, and it's so sad to see how some people become so tormented by their own brains. I used to have an acquaintance who was schizophrenic. He was a really nice guy, but his delusions were so harmful to him, and sometimes others. He was on disability because there was no way he could work. He didn't have a tv or a radio, so he would mostly just sit in his apartment and stare at the paintings on his walls, and would occasionally claim that the objects in the painting were communicating with him.

    He needed a ride out of town once but refused to get in my car because it had a stereo in it. He was very wary of electronics fearing that they were spying on him. He eventually had to be moved to a facility because his ability to care for himself started degrading. Unfortunately he died young because he would often go off his meds and self medicate with opioids and alcohol because he believed that they quieted his delusions better than the prescriptions did. Maybe they did, but they eventually ended up killing him.

  • Elizabeth Shaw

    Capgras delusion seems to be coming more frequent than less. You also have to enter in some folks are unable to live with the stresses of society today.

  • Carrie Eloff

    Technology exists… I believe the TI's

  • Margit Hammer

    Whenever one of my pets would run away when I was a kid, and then they would come back, for some reason I would always think they were a different animal that looked similar to the first. Also when I pick up a pet that I drop off at the vet, for some reason I think the first one died and the vet replaced it with a look-alike. As time goes by, I come to accept the replacement pet, and treat it the same as the first one.

  • Fawks Masters

    Isnt every religious person delusional? They think an all powerful person is in control of their lives and experiences all while observing them, all the time, everywhere. EVEN WHAT THEY DO UNDER THE COVERS

  • Michael J.

    Rabbits don't ever get married.

  • Michelle Coons

    One thing is most common in stroke victims is thinking one or more of their limbs is not theirs. I had a great aunt who thought her leg was not hers and tried to throw it out of her bed and so ended up on the floor. This can be caused because the nerves to the limb are damaged from the stroke.

  • Fausto Fernandez

    Two very common delusions: flat-earthers and moon-landing deniers

  • Black Yob

    Is it possible that you are "delusional" ? =dont know what the Truth is ?

  • screenwriterjohn

    I'm pretty sure Simon is really Moby.

  • Viviane West

    I'm delusional, I think the world is a ball. Even though water can't stick to one!

  • Scott Whatever

    I know of one, but it's not rare. Transexuality at all. There is no test in existence that can indicate transexuality, and when indulged in their delusion and given their hormones and surgeries, their suicide rate (which is already very high) skyrockets. In fact, there is FAR FAR more evidence indicating it's a mental illness and not an identity, as in hardcore scientific studies, all peer reviewed. Even worse, children are now altering their bodies and minds using hormones, permanently screwing over their entire being. When you leave them alone medically speaking, 80-90% of children who state they are the opposite sex quite literally grow out of it and become well adjusted adults. The truth is, actual intersex individuals are INCREDIBLY rare to the point of being legendary. The reality is that even "transexuals" are programmed to act in certain tendencies by their DNA, and those tendencies are according to their birth sex (just like the rest of humanity). Transexuals don't even realize just how much like their birth sex they really are.

  • Smita Bernadet

    I don't think half of them are dilutions because parallel universe, paranormal activity and extra terrestrial activities are documented throught centuries in every continent.

  • constipated in sin city

    #10 I once had this girl I met only once I gave her and her friend girl tickets for the premiere of Love Actually. I saw 1 of them like a year later she said that my friend is in love with you. She said her birthday is coming would you be her birthday gift? I said sure! That was a big mistake! At 1st it was fun and exciting . But when I woke up butt naked surrounded by cops guns drawn and flashlights for the 2nd time. I knew the romance was over at least for me!

  • constipated in sin city

    10:49 who let the bugs out?

  • Annabell Mendez

    Many of these ailments seem to stem from watching too
    many Twilight Zone episodes and taking them seriously.

  • gaston0770

    Sometimes I wonder if the person sitting next to me is hearing the voices in my head without being bothered or annoyed. If I infer they are being bothered or annoyed, does it make me paranoid?

  • Oogie Boogie

    this is kind of like the truman show, but not really. i know everyone around me is real but it feels like everybody that i know is constantly watching everything i do and its stopped me from doing things i love, and that everybody can read my thoughts for example if i think someone looks nice that they heard me. anyone know whats wrong :,)

  • mstarburst

    My sister had a transient delusion that she was somebody else and had been shot, for quite afew months she was utterly convinced someone else had taken over her body, I was 8 years old at the time so it was quite terrifying.

  • Hugh Mungus

    I’m convinced my boss is talking crap on me to all my coworkers and my coworkers are talking crap on me to my boss.

  • Ron Babu

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  • mary j

    I fell into the Truman delusion it was so scary!! I thought the entire outside world was watching me through my window or that somebody was secretly video taping me. And then ontop of that I was hearing a loud sound of static tv just subtly getting louder and louder before I fell into the Truman delusion. I was so scared to leave my house let alone bedroom for so many days that I was beginning to feel imprisoned. I literally thought the world was going to applaud for me in that moment which later on I reflected upon like…. girl, check that ego. Then I blacked out for a while after that. It was whack.

  • DustinBones69

    As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there.
    He wasn't there again today, oh how I wish he'd go away.

  • maknasty2

    Actually more like that Art work , guy sitt'n next to tree or whatever with worms in ears bark skin fungus mushrooms…

  • maknasty2

    2year study in my location not officially tho lol lol & Wow results of investigation! Do U trust ever word on wipepik

  • maknasty2

    Longer it takes 4 the rest of U the worse it's Going to B!!!!!!

  • Pris0ner Gaming

    Ekbom’s Syndrome: How in the world could a psychological delusion be contagious? That makes no sense what so ever how is that even possible? I have seen posters around downtown Vancouver, Granville, Robson area, concerning cocaine psychosis those afflicted believe that they have bugs under their skin and pick until they have open sores. This to me, a layman, obviously sounds very similar and the very thought that this could be contagious to others who share the same living space is terrifying.

  • maknasty2

    Bird mites etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc

  • Vickie Zaccardo

    Oh my..Red Lucy. Everyonevin the town I grew-up in knew who she was. She said she was married to Englebert Humperdink. She wore a ring she called her decoder ring. When planes flew over she'd say Englebert was up there and she could talk to him through her ring.

  • Nautical Soul

    You only used violent examples for schizophrenics? There’s many other examples for schizophrenics that don’t feed into the stereotype of us all being violent people, so please don’t feed into the stigma.

    We aren’t violent monsters, we’re just at war with our brain and it’s a lot harder of a battle when the world sees you all as just violent and crazy.

  • Leighanna Melton

    "they feel that they are being watched by the government…more than the average person."

  • Olivia R Dunham

    Dude, need a short opener

  • γαμάτο μουνί

    Is believing that many of your friends and acquaintances are in love or want to have sex with you also a delusion, like erotomania?

  • trevor jones

    Simon you forgot to mention the people that believe their every move and thought is being watched and analysed by some supernatural being who made in universe in six days and chooses to live in the clouds and when people die, depending on the geography of where they were born on the planet, they'll either rock up to the said clouds and meet a bouncer called Peter who can let them in to heaven or send them to hell for eternity, or alternatively have 40 virgins waiting for them.

    It's a pretty common ailment unfortunately. These people kill each other en masse for these beliefs.

  • tikirowboat

    I ended up in the hospital because (reasons.) When i woke in hospital bed i thought i was still in my mother's house and that i was connected with diodes and wires to her canister vacuum cleaner. I thought "this is an odd way to power the vacuum."

  • Book Steer

    Horrors! 😮

  • Gabrielle Collier

    What if these are not delusions but truths that we are told are lies

  • A123cov45678

    Number 1 happened to me for a while I'm alright now tho just hope it doesn't happen to me again not microchips or implants but that people were putting thoughts into my head with WiFi

  • ger houblon

    …no one has ever been targetted by … The mind control killers that claimed narrators … The dissappearing stuff that so many claims…its all contosions this dude is saying…💨 the dr. that repairs/ improves behaviors through brain mapping is a … ???

  • David Labrie

    Not a fan ._.Allways brought here unwillingly click bait

  • Tai Theguy

    Like half these are just side effects of medication

  • desseree sanders

    BS projection

  • MEow

    Does this guy have a third nipple or what people! lol

  • RainbowDreams30

    I have the persecutory delusion that my life is a social experiment and everyone in my life is a paid actor..the motive is to test someone and see their reactions to things, like testing human behavior..I don’t even think this delusion is that crazy though

  • Fluffy Bunny

    I used to have reverse intermetamorphosis delusions but not anymore…I'm a changed person.

  • Ashcool

    Can someone tell me what he's saying at 6:54 ? Makes no sense

  • Ali Barsnack

    4. I know you're talking about me. I'm not stupid!

  • Elena Plionis

    Delusions are the worst. Even with realistic ones (being sued, someone breaking into your house) you still get all the stress, anxiety, and anger but no means to definitively resolve it. I remember one guy that the nurses found exercising at night because he was convinced that if he went to sleep his heart would stop.

  • Timothy Neiswander

    Ekbom’s Syndrome brought back memories of a re-occurring dream I use to have and thinking about it while I was awake would make my skin crawl. At some point in a dream I would get itchy skin. I would scratch until I tore open my skin and ants would crawl out. Hey, thanks for reminding me.

  • This Girl Can't Do Makeup

    Before I even saw the Truman show I used to think my life was a tv show

    Still haven’t been proven wrong

  • George Mac

    Dare I admit that I have the Trueman Show delusion have done for 19 years.
    Maybe I need to get too the Dr's and let them know as it has ruined my life and my families.
    Sitting here now typing this O feel rediculous but I had to type into youtube to see if I was alone on this.
    So what? Do I seek help and let the Dr's know I have this delusion?
    Is it a recognised delusion??

  • fancy pants

    I def have the truman syndrome, since the late 70's. It was upsetting seeing the movie, 2 decades after this delusion began.

  • scratch

    Very common psychological delusion… if you can't see or hear or smell or touch or taste radiation, it isn't really there.

    This manifests itself as Fukushima ELE Cognitive Dissonance Disorder.

    Sufferers of FECDD are oblivious to the fact that the Fukushima ELE has already permanently killed a very large of the planet and will continue until it has entirely engulfed the whole planet.

    Obviously, those who have FECDD are waaaaaay off the deep end into delusional crazyland.

    As to why FECDD is so common, i don't know specifically. Maybe it's an offshoot of PPCDD… Pachyderm Presence Cognitive Dissonance Disorder… failure to notice there's an elephant in the room.

  • Mikah John

    Why do I feel like the woman discharged from the mental hospital in #5, who complained about them not returning all of her furniture, might not have been suitable to leave yet?..

  • Briana Florida

    I have the Truman show delusion

  • Kyle S

    I suffer from about 3 or 4 of these delusions. My life has been like hell because of it the last 6 years. I was diagnosed with Schizo affective disorder today after finally sharing it with a mental health clinic

  • zencat999

    i came home one day and found that all my stuff had been taken and replaced with duplicate stuff. i told my friend about it and he said "do i know you?"

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