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Elderly Paranoia Symptoms
Paranoia: Paranoia makes you feel suspicious of others or their motives; you also might be more secretive about your own activities. You might think others are hiding things from you, or telling lies when they've really given no indication that they're untrustworthy. I'd suggest checking things out with your physician, because several types of problems can cause this -- and help is certainly available. ...Read more
Needs a professional: There spectrum between suspicious and paranoid, between doubting, skepticism, and pessimism and downright loss of touch with reality. No one, not even a psychiatrist, can self-diagnose paranoid delusions. That being said, some symptoms include feelings of being spied upon, tracked, or followed, and feeling like people "have it out for you" or are "out to get you" to an unjustifiable degree. ...Read more
Over-reactions to: Situations are not necessarily a manifestation of paranoia although they can be. The main issue is suspiciousness and reading into things motivations that are not there. Over-reactions are more likely related to "emotional intelligence" issues. Please see the work of Daniel Goleman. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Is the thought: "that people are going to do their best to damage my life, when I am down" (Causing the feeling of vulnerable) a symptom of paranoia?
It could be: paranoia but could also be fallout from abuse growing up. If someone has been abused they have difficulty trusting anyone and expect to be hurt. Paranoia is usually not connected to actual negative experiences. To be sure, it makes spence to meet with a psychiatrist or psychologist to assess whether this is paranoia or reaction to sbusive past. ...Read more
My 17 yo daughter was diagnosed big polar 2, 2 years ago. Over time she developed paranoia and other symptoms. Is this normal?
Sort of...: Being bipolar involves periods of depression and periods of mania. There can be all manner of strange behavior or reactions, and paranoia, unfortunately, makes sense. It's not normal clearly, and i'd contact her psychiatrist immediately to make sure they don't want to see you right away. Such a change may also confirm the diagnosis, or suggest something else. Please check into this asap. ...Read more
Possibly more mental. Was possibly taken advantage of, 10 days later and my girlfriend has symptoms of uti. Paranoia is making me think I have one now?
If you are: Concerned about an std (remember that some are actually silent) than testing is always an acceptable option. ...Read more
It can be: Lithium and Lamictal are great meds for Bipolar I. Renal function, and thyroid needs to be closely monitored if you are to stay on the Lithium. Use of atypical antipsychotics comes into play if things like paranoia interfere with quality of life. Sometimes meds need to be adjusted or changed as symptoms evolve over time. Sodium levels should be checked on occasion if you have confusion on Lamictal ...Read more
HPT: Dear ibex, if you are concerned about being pregnant, the best thing you can do is to reassure yourself one way or another with a home pregnancy test. This can be done as soon as you have actually missed your period. If you are having issues related to paranoia it may be beneficial to seek the assistance of a therapist (unless you are just referring to feeling paranoid about getting pregnant). ...Read more
My girlfriend is paranoid about being pregnant and it's been three days since we've done things and can paranoia be the reason she's getting symptoms?
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
I don' think autism: But bipolar is a possibilityGet a more detailed answer ›
Paranoia: Paranoia, mood swings and anxiety could have several causes. I would suggest to anyone with those symptoms that they first go to their primary care physician to rule out any physical reasons for those feelings. If there are no physical causes, then it would be wise ask a primary care physician for recommendations for local therapists and/or psychiatrists. ...Read more
Always thinking of possible diseases and symptoms! Is it depression, anxiety or paranoia? Symptoms may be psychological?
I'm a teenage girl having these symptoms: hearing noises that aren't there, paranoia, unable to focus, irritated outbursts and more. Help please!
Mental Health: The health of our minds is just as important as our bodies. See your physician and ask for a referral to mental health or go to one of their clinics. It is important that you be seen and start to feel better. You hopefully will be able to see a psychologist and a psychiatrist to look at both your general health and the health of your mind. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
I was diagnosed as bipolar, from monitoring my symptoms I've concluded I am type two. I still hear voices and see things. Can my paranoia be helped?
Need psychiatrist: Anyone who hallucinates in the context of a mood disorder by definition has bipolar type one disorder. It is also possible that you have schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. Reviewing your medications however you are only on an antidepressant. That is entirely inadequate treatment for your condition. You need at the very least an antipsychotic mood stabilizer and possibly an anticonvulsant or li. ...Read more
Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.
Multiple diagnoses: It is possible to see 10 different docs and describe the same symptoms and get 10 different diagnoses. But a mature experienced therapist, a trauma expert, would be able to sort through it all. This is critical because otherwise you could end up on too many different drugs and never get better. Many severe trauma experiences can result in symptoms that mimic the other dx, even including hallucina ...Read more
Many: Firstly, any abuse should be reported. Obvious signs of bruises in many stages of healing, genital or rectal trauma. A patient that seems fearful of their caretaker, or a patient that the caretaker refuses to have you interview them alone maybe a sign. Under nutrition, poor hygiene and other signs of neglect maybe noticeable. Less obvious signs may include financial abuse. ...Read more
Get tested: The early stages of aids can be no different from many common illnesses and of course sometimes there are no symptoms for a long time after testing positive for hiv. There is no way to know unless you get tested. Getting tested is scary, but much less scary than being worried about every little thing. Counseling might help you too. Best wishes. ...Read more
When exactly can you begin to tell your pregnant? I read symptoms online and now I feel paranoid with everything that happens.
Is there a possible diagnosis for constant paranoid research on the internet about symptoms your worried about. But your about 40% sure its anxiety?
Could be: Hypochondriasis.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm 4wks+ 4 pg & no symptoms other than headaches. My first pg I was sick from week 1! I'm paranoid this isn't viable although tests keep saying pos.
Each pregnancy is: Different, as may be the temperament of each baby! Relax, enjoy & get into your OB for reassurance. ...Read more
What can a hypochondriac do to feel better? I'm paranoid over what I eat. I keep looking out for symptoms and cannot stop googling it. I'm going insane.
See a doctor: "Hypochondriasis" and "insane" aren't medical terms so they're not diagnoses. If you have severe anxiety, OCD, or some other psychiatric condition, it may well be treatable with meds and/or psychotherapy. Get a REAL diagnosis first. Once you have that, rational treatment options follow. ...Read more
A couple of informative web sites: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000703.Htm and also
http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/1169231-overview i'd suggest seeing your primary care physician about your concerns, so that any needed exams and diagnostic testing can be done. You may have nothing to worry about, but it's best to work with your doctor in this kind of situation. ...Read more
What to do if I have been experinecing some symptoms of mental illness, or am I just being paranoid?
It depends...: Whether your symptoms are actually mental illness depend on what they are, their severity, and how much they impact your functioning. Your doctor or a counselor can advise you. ...Read more
How long can an elderly person live after first getting symptoms of dlb? Do they die with it or from dementia like that?
A number of years: It depends on many things including what other health problems a perso has. ...Read more
Are there different sorts of infections that elderly people may suffer for 2 wks without an acute decline in physical symptoms? If so, examples please
Elderly patients: Rarely present with typical disease symptoms presentations and this is why we use a high index of suspicion, since they may "appear fine", or somewhat slowed, but not flagrantly ill. A medical exam is necessary. ...Read more
Many: There are changes in energy, sleep, and appetite. Could have loss of interest in family and things previously enjoyed; may become more isolated and irritable. Sometimes they become agitated, anxious, and pacing. Concentration may be poor. Such a person needs to see his/her physician for an evaluation -- also a psychiatrist can help differentiate causes & treat effectively. Care is needed w/this. ...Read more
Difficult to say: It is unlikely to find a common symptom that presents first in paranoid schizophrenia. Problems socially or different perceptions of the world may exist long before true paranoia, hallucination, or delusion. Since the disorder is usually diagnosed in the late teens for men and early 20's for women, odd or unusual, even bizarre thinking may be present before the full disorder is identified. ...Read more
No symptoms: Usually no symptoms may be nocturia.Get a more detailed answer ›
This question is asked so as to provide me with some guidelines in caring for an elderly person. (1) Generally speaking, what differences in symptoms are there between dementia and delirium? (2) Is it easy to confuse one with the other? Advice please
Similar: Both can appear confused. Dementia is constant and the may have some aspect of awareness it is more constant and persists. Delirium is in general an acute thing and can wax and wane with decreased level of consciousness. In general there is a potentially fixable cause of delirium but not dementia. ...Read more
By definition: Paranoid schizophrenia leads one to feel that others are trying to hurt you, even when there is not actually real intent on the part of others to do harm. It couls also make one think that things are doomed. Find a good therapist and a psychiatrist, since medication is very important to treat this condition. Good luck and let us know how you do. ...Read more