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Thought Disorder, Delusions, Hallucinations, Paranoia
Are hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders, and paranoia all psychotic?  If not, would you please explain when they are not?  Especially, please tell me what a thought disorder is.

I know my doctor has told me I have delusions along with saying I have psychotic features. But now he says I have a thought disorder and I would like to know if that is psychotic, too.  Along with this, if it is psychotic, could you tell me when a thought becomes psychotic?  Like...is it the intensity or the fear accompanying it?

Thank you for your time.
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By definition, psychosis is loss of reality testing with delusions and hallucinations.

Thought can be divided into process and content.
Process refers to the way in which a person puts things together. An individual may have either an overabundance or a lack of ideas. Terms like flight of ideas(used in mania), and racing thoughts are used in this criteria.

Content refers to what a person is actuallyisthinkingabout: ideas, beliefs, preoccupations, obsessions. Delusions, paranoia, phobias are included in this category.

Depending on one's presentation, a thought disorder can either be psychotic (paranoia, delusions) or not (obsessions, phobias)
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