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Paranoid (Overview)

Someone who fears others mean to harm him/her in some way. They may believe or think others are spying on them or plotting to kill them. When the fear is totally irrational and without basis it may be delusional and psychotic in nature.


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Tell me about "paranoid personality disorder"?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Tell me about "paranoid personality disorder"?

Paranoid: Is one of cluster a personality disorders, classified along with schizoid & schizotypal personality disorders. It is a pervasive global mistrust of others & preoccupation with hidden motives & suspiciousness, severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. ...Read more

Paranoid (Overview)

Someone who fears others mean to harm him/her in some way. They may believe or think others are spying on them or plotting to kill them. When the fear is totally irrational and without basis it may be delusional and psychotic in nature.


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Can paranoid schizophrenia lead to catatonic schizophrenia?

Can paranoid schizophrenia lead to catatonic schizophrenia?

Not exactly: One individual may have sx characteristic of more than one "type" of schizophrenia. Many people have sx that do not fit exactly into one or another "type". ...Read more

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Difference between OCD and paranoid delusions?

Difference between OCD and paranoid delusions?

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. ...Read more

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Can psychosis start out like paranoid personality disorder?

Can psychosis start out like paranoid personality disorder?

Maybe: They are different things. Psychosis refers to failures in reality testing (like delusions or hallucinations). It is possible that someone with a paranoid psychosis might be misdiagnosed with paranoid personality in the early stages of the illness, before psychotic symptoms become evident. ...Read more

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How do OCD and schizophrenia with paranoid delusions differ?

How do OCD and schizophrenia with paranoid delusions differ?

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. ...Read more

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What're bipolar hallucinations like?

What're bipolar hallucinations like?

Depends: People with bipolar disorder can suffer from hallucination, delusions, and other psychotic symptoms when they are depressed or when they are manic. Hallucinations during depression are most likely paranoid or persecutotory. Hallucinations during mania are more likely to be grandiose. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia?

What are symptoms of personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia?

These are two big: questions. You might want to do your own research on each, as they are separate. Try psychologytoday.com. Try nimh.org. PSTY disorders are largely a group of non-psychotic, unlearned behaviors that result in chronic, characteristic maladaptive experiences. Paranoid Schizophrenia is a psychotic state. Symptoms are usually hallucinations/delusions of the grandiose or persecutory type. ...Read more

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Help! i'm having extremely paranoid/irrational fears?

Be seen ASAP!: If having extremely paranoid fears, it can be very frightening. Please see a psychiatrist asap -- even in the er since it's saturday. The er staff will evaluate your first, and make sure you get the help you need. ...Read more

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Can marijuana cause paranoid schizophrenia?

Can marijuana cause paranoid schizophrenia?

Potentially: If you have family history of thought disorders, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar i disorder with psychotic features, you are at a higher risk than the general population to develop psychosis after smoking marijuana, which may not resolve when you stop smoking. Be careful please. ...Read more

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Do people with paranoid schizophrenia also suffer from disorganized thinking?

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Do people with paranoid schizophrenia also suffer from disorganized thinking?

Paranoid Schizoph.: Paranoid type of schizophrenia have delusions/hallucinations but no disorganized behaviors or affective flattening. ...Read more

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What are schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia?

What are schizophrenia and disorganized schizophrenia?

Types: Schizophrenia is divided into types based on the symptoms that are most prominent such as paranoid, disorganized, undifferentiated catatonic and residual type. Disorganized type is characterized by speech and behavior that are disorganized or difficult to understand. They also have inappropriate emotions such as laughing for no reason.Their disorganized behavior can impair their ability to function. ...Read more

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Does all schizophrenia involve paranoia? Is paranoid schizophrenia a different condition than schizophrenia?

No.: Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that affects perception, cognition (thinking), emotion, communication & behavior. Different subtypes have been identified. The most salient symptoms of persons diagnosed w/ "paranoid" subtype are paranoia (thoughts about being persecuted by a person/group &/or about conspiracies) & hallucinations (typically hearing &/or seeing things that aren't there). ...Read more

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Could having paranoia, depression, anxiety and OCD make you psychotic?

Could having paranoia, depression, anxiety and OCD make you psychotic?

Psychotic: Paranoia may make you distort reality in a delusional (fixed false belief) or psychotic kind of way. Depression may or may not be psychotic depending on severity and type of accompanying symptoms. Some depressed people, for instance, may think they're already dead. Obviously this is a delusion since they're alive telling you they feel this way. Anxiety/ocd can be severe but not usually psychotic. ...Read more

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For what reason grandiose delusions and paranoid delusions don't go away?

For what reason grandiose delusions and paranoid delusions don't go away?

Brain disorder: Many general medical and psychiatric illnesses are life long, and the symptoms last forever. This is true for diabetes, high blood pressure, sickle cell anemia, and so on. Many psychiatric illnesses have symptoms that last the entire person's life. With continued treatment, symptoms can remain in remission. Please keep in mind that if a person has schizophrenia, treatment needs to be lifelong. ...Read more

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Homicidal and suicidal thoughts, people I recognise but haven't met yell at me, paranoid, agoraphobia, and other weird fears?

Homicidal and suicidal thoughts, people I recognise but haven't met yell at me, paranoid, agoraphobia, and other weird fears?

Major Depression: You are a Precious Human Being! I feel empathy for your emotional pain possibly due to Traumatic experiences in life causing these symptoms. You were born with Wonder of Life Force giving you Breath of Life; due to which you have lived for 16 years and are still alive. You deserve Healing. Call 911 for ER, or ask a close family member or friend take you to ER, and call Suicide and Crisis center. ...Read more

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Extreme paranoid delusions are usually what kinds?

Extreme paranoid delusions are usually what kinds?

Variety of delusions: Delusions (demonstrably untrue beliefs held with strong conviction) can be classified as either non-bizarre or bizarre. An example of a non-bizarre delusion: "the police are monitoring my behavior." example of a bizarre delusion: "aliens have removed my brain." a "paranoid delusion" typically refers to a delusion of persecution, or a belief that someone is intending one harm. ...Read more

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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work. ...Read more

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Are hallucinations and paranoia symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

Well...: Significant paranoia is found in paranoid personality disorder. Hallucinations may occur in a person with schizotypal personality disorder. When a person with a borderline personality disorder becomes really stressed they may start getting a little paranoid. Although hallucinations could occur when decompensated it is not usually a hallmark for this type of personality disorder. ...Read more

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