Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


The aim of this study was to investigate the types of delusions present in Asian Indian psychotic patients and evaluate correlation with patient diagnosis. Delusional narratives were collected from 50 Indian patients with schizophrenia or an affective disorder. These narratives were judged for delusional theme and content and were correlated with DSM-III-R diagnoses. Using simple categorical analysis, delusional themes of grandiosity and guilt correlated with affective diagnoses. Delusional themes of reference and Schneiderian types were more often associated with schizophrenia. These findings support the concept that delusional themes can be used as valid diagnostic clues in the assessment of psychotic Indian patients.

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