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how to tell if i am having paranoid delusions?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Hard to do alone: If there is someone you trust, lay person or pro, try to ask them to confirm or challenge your point of view. Let them know that your idea is what you believe, but that you have a doubt. Just asking this here is a good sign that you might find relief but it takes a helper. Depending on things unstated, you may even be able to do it without drugs. But they might be needed too. I'm hopeful for you.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between paranoia and delusions?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
They can be related: Paranoia involves being suspicious and this often leads to being fearful. Delusions are defined as fixed false beliefs. Often if you are paranoid and suspicious of someone this is followed by a delusional belief. Paranoia and delusions can occur in many different illnesses, not just schizophrenia.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between paranoid schizophrenia and being paranoid?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Symptom severity: We often speak of people who tend to assume bad things happen on purpose as "paranoid, " and some peope are more hyper-alert to such events than others. Paranoid schizophrenia takes this to a much higher level, usually involving hallucinations and delusions where people create elaborate explanations of why things are happening to them that have no basis at all in reality.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What could fainting followed by a period of delusion be caused by?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Fainting: If isolated incident and there cis a pattern, substance abuse comes to mind. If repeated, could be effect of organic nervous system pathology, which you need to consult your doctor about.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How long does it take for paranoid delusions to dissapear once you have found the root cause?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
It depends: It depends on what that root cause is. If schizophrenia, one would need antipsychotic medicines at optimal, consistent dosing for a time. If it's a recreational drug, one hopes the delusions will quiet down once the drug is out of system - but in the case of marijuana and some hallucinogens, these may persist. If mania or psychotic depression, delusions should leave when mood problem remits.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how cure to people that experience paranoid delusion/delution or something like that?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Get psychiatric help: Psychiatrists are medical specialists who treat people with paranoid delusions. There are medications that can help a great deal -- but you need a comprehensive evaluation first. Best wishes.

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