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Ind Psychiatry J. 2009 Jan;18(1):3-18. doi: 10.4103/0972-6748.57851.

Understanding delusions.

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Department of Psychiatry, Ranchi Institute of Neuropsychiatry and Allied Sciences, Kanke, Ranchi - 834 006, Jharkhand, India.


Delusion has always been a central topic for psychiatric research with regard to etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and forensic relevance. The various theories and explanations for delusion formation are reviewed. The etiology, classification and management of delusions are briefly discussed. Recent advances in the field are reviewed.


Delusions; Etiology; Phenomenology; Psychopathology

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