major symptom of these disorders is psychosis, or delusions and
hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs that significantly
hinder a person's ability to function. For example, believing that
people are trying to hurt you when there is no evidence of this, or
believing that you are somebody else, such as Jesus Christ or
Cleopatra. Hallucinations are false perceptions. They can be visual
(seeing things that aren't there), auditory (hearing), olfactory
(smelling), tactile (feeling sensations on your skin that aren't really
there, such as the feeling of bugs crawling on you), or taste.
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patient, site visitor, or student and his/her existing
psychologist, mental health provider or college instructor.