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Persecutory beliefs refers to a delusion(s) in which the central theme is that the individual (or someone to whom they are close) is being attacked, harassed, cheated, persecuted, or conspired against.


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  1. Michail et al (2009) Social anxiety disorder in first episode psychosis: incidence, phenomenology and relationship with paranoia British Journal of Psychiatry 

       Available from: (accessed on 10/05/2016)



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