Compulsions, obsessions, phobias, and anxieties are often associated with neurotic disorders. See Table 16-3, Anxiety Disorders (p. 601).

Delusions and feelings of unreality or depersonalization are more often associated with psychotic disorders. See Table 16-4, Psychotic Disorders (p. 602). Delusions may also occur in delirium, severe mood disorders, and dementia.

Perceptions. Inquire about false perceptions in a manner similar to that used for thought content. For example, "When you heard the voice speaking to you, what did it say? How did it make you feel?" Or, "After you've been drinking a lot, do you ever see things that aren't really there?" Or, "Sometimes after major surgery like this, people hear peculiar or frightening things. Have you experienced anything like that?" In these ways find out about the following abnormal perceptions.

Abnormalities of Perception

Illusions Misinterpretations of real external stimuli


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