secondary delusions (thing)
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These arise from an attempt by a sufferer of [mental disorder] to explain [feelings] or [thoughts] which are already disordered and confused. For example a depressed person may try to rationalise their feelings of extreme gloom by explaining that they are guilty of some terrible crime. The pathologically [elated] person may explain their mania by deciding that they are rich and famous.
Such delusions are held with overwhelming [conviction], and no amount of reality checking by friends or health workers can alter them.