Grandiose Delusions

People experiencing grandiose delusions often describe larger-than-life feelings of superiority and invulnerability. In short, grandiosity is an exaggerated sense of one’s importance, power, knowledge, or identity, even if there is little evidence to support the beliefs.


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Wiki Number: W091
Diagnosis: Grandiose Delusions
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Brain Area: frontal lobe for grandiosity; temporal (below brain center) for delusions of guilt and persecution
Symptoms: exaggerated belief in one’s self-worth; power; knowledge; identity; relation to deity or famous person(s)
Progression: may also have delusions of being followed or poisoned, or thoughts being broadcast; impulsivity, racing thoughts
Causes: may be having hallucinations in mania in bipolar disorder; grandiosity was in 74% under age 21; 40% patients over age 30
Medications: None listed
Therapies: helping to unravel the inconsistencies in patients’ thoughts; in schizophrenia, persecution; in bipolar, grandiosity reigns


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