Understanding Experiences of Feeling Exceptional

What psychological factors ‘drive’ grandiose delusions

What is this study about?

This study aims to find out more about peoples’ experience of feeling exceptional, special, or extraordinary. It aims to look at the relationships between grandiose delusions and six psychological factors that may be key in the maintenance of grandiose delusions. Knowing which factors are associated with grandiose delusions is important. Once we know this we can develop a talking therapy which targets these factors, in order to help those who experience harmful grandiose delusions.

Who can take part?

Participants would be:

  • Willing and able to give informed consent to participate in the study;
  • Any gender, aged 16 years or over;
  • Diagnosed with non-affective psychosis (i.e. schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, psychosis NOS (non otherwise specified), first episode psychosis, brief psychotic episode) or affective psychosis (i.e. bipolar disorder).
  • Currently attending NHS adult secondary mental health services

What is involved?

Research assistants support participants to complete some questionnaires this can be done via phone or video call or in person (Covid restrictions permitting). It should take between 20-40 minutes to complete but can be broken into smaller chunks if easier.

A smaller subgroup of participants will be invited for a shorter follow-up appointment a week after they first complete the measures (should take around 15 minutes to complete), however this is optional – participants do not have to do this. Every participant receives £5 voucher (redeemable at all major supermarkets, and many other major retailers) to thank them for their time and effort.

How to get involved?

Please contact Abi Wilson by email at abimbola.wilson@nhs.net or call 07970 614 712.