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can you tell me how i could stop being so paranoid!?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Present: Most paranoia is misperceiving the present moment as threatening. Reality testing about your current state and the state of things around you now is a way to counter paranoia

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What does it mean to be paranoid? Does this mean that something is wrong mentally?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Possibly so.: If you use "paranoid" as common slang, it isn't likely to be a mental health issue. That word is thrown around a lot. If you are seriously using "paranoid" with concern that who you are talking about has had an atypical shift to paranoia (excessive fear, suspicion and severe apprehension) it may very well herald a deep depression or some type of major disorder of thinking, well beyond true reality.
A 60-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to get over paranoid schofrena?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
Usually Lifelong: Assuming that the diagnosis is correct, paranoid schizophrenia is a lifelong condition like diabetes which we manage but never actually cure.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Im so paranoid, anyone can help me if hypersensitive?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Yes, there is help: Paranoia and social anxiety can be effectively treated with psychotherapy and/or medications. It's important for people to recognize that the problem with paranoia or hypersensitivity is the symptom itself. The real world issue that is being faced is not truly painful, evil, threatening, or terrible. Anxiety isn't fun. . . But that's where it stops. Treatment allows one to face the fear and win.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Am I just simply paranoid or realistic and in a bad place?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Impossible to say: There is no way to answer this question without hearing more about you and your situation. Please do consult with a psychiatrist, who can review things with you thoroughly, personally, and in private. Good luck to you.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can i tell me how i can stop being paranoid about someone breaking in?

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Dr. Joseph Weiner
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Good question: Just that you're asking the question means that you understand your fear is not rational. That's good. You may want to imagine that you're listening to two people having a debate on the likelihood that someone will or won't brake into your home and see who has the better argument. If these sorts of fears dominate your life, you may want to have a consultation with a mental health professional.

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