Delusional Mood

Mads Gram Henriksen and Josef Parnas

in The Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Psychopathology

ISBN: 9780198803157
Published online March 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191841903 | DOI:
Delusional Mood

Show Summary Details


This article examines the clinical concept of delusional atmosphere or mood, which denotes a predelusional state that may precede the formation of primary delusion in schizophrenia. Delusional mood refers to a global, diffuse, ominous feeling of something (not yet defined) impending. This article explores how schizophrenia spectrum patients usually experience delusional mood and it accounts for certain typical phases that tend to lead to the crystallization of primary delusion. In brief, delusional mood often involves an increase of basic affective tone, followed by an atmosphere of apprehension, free-floating anxiety, guilt, or depression, perhaps of something impending. The delusional mood becomes increasingly self-referential and eventually the world may come to be experienced as staged, artificial, or unreal. The current diagnostic manuals make no reference to delusional mood and thus it risks slipping “under the radar” or being mistaken for, for example, expressions of anxiety or depression.

Keywords: schizophrenia; predelusional state; delusional mood; delusional atmosphere; primary delusion

Article.  5109 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content. subscribe or login to access all content.