97 ANTHROPOLOGICAL AND ONTOANALYTICAL ASPECTS OF DELUSION W. Blankenburg The problem of delusion can be diagnosed from diverse points of view. For the clinician diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic aspects are prominent.' But beyond these one can face the fact that such a thing as delusion exists at all. The doctor has to be concerned not only with the conditions of the actual appearance of a specific delusion but also with the conditions of the possibility (Bedingungen der Moglichkeit) of paranoid experiences. These conditions of the possibility of becoming insane are the objects of phenomenological-anthropological I and ontoanalytical I psychopathology. Delusion falls within the scope of very different illnesses: as a paranoiac development or reaction, as a result of an organic brain syndrome, or of exogenous psychoses in the course of medical illnesses (e.g., in pernicious anaemia or in metabolic discorders caused by diabetes). Apart from these it can be found in chronic intoxications (e.g., with amphetamine addiction or in- the delusion of jealousy of the alcoholics), furthermore as a depressive delusion of guilt, poverty or hypochondria, and last but not least there are the several forms of delusion in schizophrenia. In the framework of these differing conditions the
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1980
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