Re: Schizophrenia (was RE: A Boring Movie)

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 12:51:46 MST

"E. Shaun Russell" wrote:
> I'm no expert on the subject, but I can attest to the apparent reality
> of schizophrenic delusions. One of my grandmothers was paranoid
> schizophrenic, and until the time she died last year, she would call
> as many as a dozen times a week (from New Zealand, no less) to warn my
> father of things such as the planeload of criminal psychiatrists en
> route to our home, or the doctors doing black witchcraft on my
> mother's gall bladder. She heard about all this "over the intercom"
> (of which, of course, she never had). When I would answer the phone,
> she would ask "Open the door and let Daddy in, dear...he's outside
> being whipped." Obviously, to us they were just delusions (annoying
> ones when we had to face them via 3 a.m. phone calls) but to her they
> were as real as anything else. Unfortunately, she never had the
> realization that they weren't "real" to other people.

Is there a recognised condition where a person has delusions but is
fully able to differentiate them from reality at all times?

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