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Difference between ocd and paranoid delusions?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
Anxiety v. psychosis: Ocd has two major components: intrusive and inappropriate thoughts (not worries about real-life problems), and repetitive behaviors aimed at preventing or reducing distress. With ocd, people recognize that the thoughts are creations of their own anxious minds. With paranoid delusions, people have fixed beliefs that they believe are actually true in the real world--even though they are false.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How do OCD and schizophrenia with paranoid delusions differ?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Very different: Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and often disabling brain disorder with psychotic symptoms like hallucinations, delusions, and thought disorder. Depending on treatment, people may or may not be able to hold jobs or relate well to others. Ocd is an anxiety disorder, and is not psychotic. It's characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive, ritualized behaviors. Both can be treated.

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