Could Morgellons be a Delusion?
One reason why I do not believe Morgellons is a medical delusion is because they have abnormal labs, if you know which labs to order. Further, medical delusions are very diverse, and do not fall into one type. For example, I have treated those with medical delusions. One believed she had snakes in her belly and no MRI or exam would convince her otherwise. Another was certain she was infested in her head with flies Again it was had to convince her otherwise. Another was certain he had birds in his stomach, and each belly flutter or eccentric sensation was the movement of the birds. Morgellons are not this way. They generally mention the same medical troubles–about 75% offer the same complaints. Further, they are pointing to and discussing very real and obvious skin damage. The problem here is that in a delusional person, like a person who thinks snakes are all over their stomach, they have little insight and they have impaired judgment regarding their pathology. Now enter the Morgellon