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Ideas of reference

Ideas of reference or delusions of reference involve a person feeling that unrelated, innocuous or irrelevant aspects of the world are referring to them directly or have special significance intended for them personally.

In their strongest form, they are considered to be a sign of mental illness and form part of a delusional, paranoid or psychotic illness (such as schizophrenia or delusional disorder).

They may include experiences such as:

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