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Doctor insights on: Elderly Paranoia Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of paranoia disorder?

What are the symptoms of paranoia disorder?

FEAR: Paranoia is an irrational or delusional perception "fear" of the feelings and intentions of others. Someone who is paranoid misinterprets every thing around them to come to the conclusion that someone or something is going to harm them in some way. ...Read more

Paranoid (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of paranoia and what should I do?

What are the symptoms of paranoia and what should I do?

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

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How is paranoia defined, and what are the symptoms to look for?

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

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Is a symptom of paranoia the strong and uncontroled reaction of different situations.

Is a symptom of paranoia the strong and uncontroled reaction of different situations.

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

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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

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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

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Is extreme paranoia a symptom of bipolar 1?

Is extreme paranoia a symptom of bipolar 1?

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

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Can you develop symptoms of pregnancy from paranoia?

Can you develop symptoms of pregnancy from paranoia?

Yes: You can develop symptoms of pregnancy for a wide range of reasons even though you are not pregnant. A counselor can help you sort out the feelings that are being converted into pregnancy symptoms/. ...Read more

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Could my paranoia give me pregnancy symptoms that aren't really there? Help!

Could my paranoia give me pregnancy symptoms that aren't really there? Help!

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

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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?

Better not to guess: The best way to relieve her paranoia is for her to have a pregnancy test. There are over-the-counter tests available, but the most accurate way is go in to see a primary care physician for the test. ...Read more

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Are hallucinations and paranoia symptoms of borderline personality disorder?

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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My symptoms are paranoia, mood swings stress, and anxiety. What do I do?

My symptoms are paranoia, mood swings stress, and anxiety. What do I do?

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

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Always thinking of possible diseases and symptoms! Is it depression, anxiety or paranoia? Symptoms may be psychological?

Always thinking of possible diseases and symptoms! Is it depression, anxiety or paranoia? Symptoms may be psychological?

Worried or ill??: Are you ill or worried you will become ill? See your physician for a check-up. If he/she says you are physically well, he/she can refer you to a psychiatrist to see if you have anxiety and what the treatment might be. ...Read more

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I'm a teenage girl having these symptoms: hearing noises that aren't there, paranoia, unable to focus, irritated outbursts and more. Help please!

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

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Signs and symptoms of paranoia schizophrenia in a 16 year old girl?

Signs and symptoms of paranoia schizophrenia in a 16 year old girl?

Symptoms: Schizophrenia is a disorder of thought. It is characterized by hallucinations, delusional thought and disordered thinking. Social isolation, lack of emotional expression are common. Many effective treatments are available. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Is it possible to be diagnosed with PTSD, paranoia schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety at the same time? I am experiencing symptoms of all.

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

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What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

What are symptoms of elderly abuse?

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

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Getting paranoid I have hiv, what are its early symptoms?

Getting paranoid I have hiv, what are its early symptoms?

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

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Could the drug clonidine cause tia-like symptoms in an elderly person?

Could the drug clonidine cause tia-like symptoms in an elderly person?

Potentially: Can cause a significant drop in blood pressure or a drop in heart rate which cam mimic symptoms of a tia. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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When exactly can you begin to tell your pregnant? I read symptoms online and now I feel paranoid with everything that happens.

When exactly can you begin to tell your pregnant? I read symptoms online and now I feel paranoid with everything that happens.

It says you don't: Know if you are pregnant. If you have missed a period - then take a pregnancy test now. Don't rely on symptoms to guess if you are pregnant. 16 is young to be having sexual intercourse. ...Read more

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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

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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

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What is the symptoms of kidney problem in elderly?

What is the symptoms of kidney problem in elderly?

Needs lab: Kidney failure is difficult to diagnose without laboratory test. The main clinical symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, swelling, and sometimes itching. If you suspect that you have kidney disease, I suggest you see your physician when possible. ...Read more

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Looking for info on neuro syphilis symptoms. Paranoid about what I did in 70s?

Looking for info on neuro syphilis symptoms. Paranoid about what I did in 70s?

2 sites: 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

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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

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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

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

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What are the symptoms of depression in elderly people?

What are the symptoms of depression in elderly people?

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

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What are some of the symptoms of kidney failure in elderly?

What are some of the symptoms of kidney failure in elderly?

Nocturia or none: May not be any. If severe poor appetite, nausea, tiredness, shortness of breath, others. Check with your doctor if in doubt. ...Read more

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What symptoms occur first in a paranoid schizophrenic patient?

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

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How to tell if I am having cocain withdrawal symptoms or am I just being paranoid?

Cocain can...: Cocaine can cause paranoia, but if you are worried about withdrawal, you probably need to speak to a professional who specializes in drug addictions. Please call a hot line or a therapist as soon as possible. Don't go it alone! Let me know how you do... ...Read more

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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

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

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What is paranoid schizophrenia? What are its symptoms?

What is paranoid schizophrenia? What are its symptoms?

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

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