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What's the difference between paranoid schizophrenia and non-paranoid schizo?

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Dr. Susan Downs
Psychiatry 34 years experience
Paranoia: Paranoid schizophrenia is marked by belief that persons or entities are after and want to hurt the patient.
Dr. Adriana Cordal
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Fear of persecution: The differences can be subtle at times. However, paranoid schizophrenia presents with delusions of persecution and auditory hallucinations without many of the other problems (thought disorder, bizarre affect or behaviors). On first listen, the delusions may be plausible, although they tend to be pervasive and affect the way the person relates to others (mistrust or even aggression).

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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.

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