Delusions of grandeur, sometimes referred to as megalomania, is considered to be a symptom of several different and serious personality disorders. People suffering from delusions of grandeur usually believe themselves to be very important and powerful, despite evidence to the contrary, and they often have a highly inflated sense of self esteem. So what are the delusions of grandeur symptoms and how can this condition be cured?
Whilst in the throes of delusions of grandeur, a person might believe that he or she has extraordinary powers. He or she might also think they are a famous figure and act in such a manner as to perpetuate this self delusion. Unfortunately, believing that you are a super hero and can fly is likely to lead to serious personal injury and even death, so it is vital that any mentally ill person suffering from extreme delusions of grandeur receives appropriate treatment as soon as possible.
What are the delusions of grandeur symptoms in narcissistic personality disorder?
Having delusions of grandeur is common in those suffering from narcissistic personality disorder. A narcissist loves being the centre of attention and will always exaggerate their achievements in order to garner even more attention. Narcissists are typically obsessed with the trappings of wealth and success and are likely to delude themselves into thinking they are far more important than they really are.
Delusions of grandeur can also be symptomatic of a psychotic episode in those suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder and the condition is considered to be one of four main symptoms associated with a psychotic episode. In such instances, the delusions of grandeur might also be accompanied by other delusions such as paranoia and persecution, hallucinations, and a lack of insight or awareness.
Schizophrenics suffering from delusions of grandeur might believe that they are a famous figure such as Jesus Christ or Napoleon. They can also become obsessed by the notion that they are blessed with a special power nobody else has, such as the ability to fly.
A patient suffering from bipolar disorder might show the symptoms of delusions of grandeur during a manic episode; consequently, bipolar disorder is sometimes mistaken for schizophrenia. When experienced during a manic episode, delusions of grandeur are often wildly optimistic, but if they occur during a depressive episode, the patient can become riddled with guilt and tormented by perceived failure.
What else can cause delusions of grandeur?
Certain drugs are known to cause delusions of grandeur. These include amphetamines and phencyclidine (PCP). Whilst ‘high’, the user might mistakenly believe they can perform all kinds of amazing feats, and it is not uncommon for drug users to end up badly hurt or dead as a result of such delusions of grandeur.
What are the delusions of grandeur symptoms and what is the treatment?
Delusions of grandeur are symptoms of an underlying mental disorder and therefore cannot be treated directly. In order to resolve the symptoms of delusions of grandeur, the patient needs to be evaluated and diagnosed by a mental health professional in order that they receive the most effective treatment for their condition. Delusions of grandeur caused by drug use will normally disappear once the effects of the drug wear off.