A patient in a psychiatric unit is watching the news on the television. She stands up and states that the news anchor is talking directly to her. This is an example of


• Delusions of reference are when a person falsely believes that insignificant events or objects in the environment have personal meaning or significance.

• Incorrect: Grandiose delusion is when a person is convinced he or she has special powers or abilities or is a famous person.

• Incorrect: Delusional parasitosis is the delusion that one is infested with insects, bacteria, worms, etc.

• Incorrect: Persecutory delusions involve the idea that the person is being persecuted, followed, harassed, drugged, or conspired against.

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