SENILE PSYCHOSIS (PARANOID TYPE)

Senile Psychosis (Paranoid Type): Definition, History, and Further Reading

Senile psychosis (paranoid type) is a rare mental illness characterized by the presence of delusions of persecution, grandiose delusions, and hallucinations, often accompanied by feelings of paranoia and suspiciousness. It is a subtype of senile psychosis, a condition that can occur in older individuals. This article will provide an overview of senile psychosis (paranoid type), including its definition, history, and suggested further readings.

Definition

Senile psychosis (paranoid type) is a mental disorder characterized by the presence of delusions of persecution and grandiose delusions, as well as hallucinations. Paranoid delusions are beliefs that one is being persecuted, and grandiose delusions are beliefs that one has power and influence that they do not actually possess. Hallucinations are sensory perceptions that do not exist outside of the individual’s mind. Paranoid type senile psychosis can also be accompanied by feelings of paranoia and suspiciousness.

History

Senile psychosis (paranoid type) has been a recognized mental disorder for centuries. In the 19th century, it was believed to be caused by a combination of physical and mental factors, including age and a person’s environment. It was seen as a sign of senility and was associated with a decline in mental faculties. In the early 20th century, the condition was believed to be caused by a combination of psychological and physiological factors, including age, mental illness, and organic brain disease. In the mid-20th century, the condition was seen as a form of schizophrenia. Today, senile psychosis (paranoid type) is recognized as a distinct mental disorder and is classified as a subtype of senile psychosis.

Further Reading

Kurland, S. (2010). Paranoid psychosis of the elderly. In A. Leibovici (Ed.), Neuropsychiatry, Vol. 35 (pp. 771-785). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

Kulhara, P., & Chandiramani, K. (2010). Clinical presentation of paranoid psychosis in elderly. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 52(4), 355-359.

Rajkumar, R. P., & Jacob, K.S. (2001). Senile psychosis: An overview. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 43(3), 189-192.

Shah, A., & Naik, A. (2009). Senile psychosis: A review. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 51(2), 113-119.

Tsoi, W.F., & Yeo, W.S. (2014). Senile psychosis. In A.K. Singh & A.K. Jain (Eds.), Psychiatry: An Evidence-Based Text (pp. 772-775). New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

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