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Delusions

At last the time has come: the world will end on New Year's Day.

All of the signs have come together. There was the hurricane in Florida and the earthquake in Mexico. Fires are raging in California. Last night you saw seven stars form a circle around the moon.

You can tell that people are worried this year. They watch you reverently as you pass down the street. They whisper to each other and burst into tears. They know that you are a prophet and that their souls are at stake. You predicted this long ago, and it is there in your diary for everyone to read. All of the signs have been detailed, year after year. No one believed you last year, but this year they'll see. The world really will end.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Delusions
  • There Are Several Common Types of Delusions
  • Some Unusual Beliefs Are Not Delusions
  • Delusions Can Occur in Several Illnesses
  • How to Cope with Delusional Beliefs

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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