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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Paranoia (Overview)

Deeply rooted feelings of unjust persecution.


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What causes paranoia?

What causes paranoia?

Paranoia: The cause of paranoia can be due psychiatric illness, medical factors, or even high levels of stress. As such, to determine an exact cause seek medical advice and go from there. ...Read more

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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
261 doctors shared insights

Paranoia (Overview)

Deeply rooted feelings of unjust persecution.


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

Yes: Paranoia--the expectation of trickery or harm, comes in a range of severities, from the hypervigilance and being "on guard" that one experiences after being traumatized, to the severely paranoid and delusional that one sees in paranoid schizophrenia, delusional disorder, or sometimes in bipolar disorder. Severe paranoia is always a symptom of a serious psychiatric condition. ...Read more

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How to treat paranoia?

How to treat paranoia?

Have an: Evaluation by your family doctor to rule out any underlying medical issues and then see a psychiatrist. Paranoia is only a symptom that can occur in a number of illnesses. Treatment depends on the illness that is causing this symptom. ...Read more

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How to get treated for paranoia?

How to get treated for paranoia?

See a psychiatrist: Make an appointment with a psychiatrist or ask your family medicine doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist. The treatment will be tailored to your unique symptoms of paranoia and to the cause of it (there are several possibilities). It should get significantly better with treatment. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have paranoias?

Depends: Paranoia ranges from mild to severe. Severe paranoia can be very disabling. I treated a patient who nailed windows shut & locked himself in his home for weeks. He needed medication & long term therapy. While some paranoia (or perhaps the word anxiety would be better) is unavoidable in these uncertain times, the issue is whether it substantially interferes w/ your ability to function. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for paranoia for a 13 years old?

What's the best treatment for paranoia for a 13 years old?

See doctor: Brain development in teenagers can make them prone towards paranoia as well as a host of other emotions. It is worth talking to the doctor to determine if the best course of treatment for the paranoia. In some cases a doctor may refer to a psychiatrist or psychotherapist to help address the problem. Substance use may be a cause, other organic causes should be ruled out. Severity determines tx. ...Read more

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I have paranoia right now, how can I cure this? Its making me lose my appetite, giving me lack of sleep. Being not happy, weak in the knee's.

I have paranoia right now, how can I cure this? Its making me lose my appetite, giving me lack of sleep. Being not happy, weak in the knee's.

See a psychiatrist: Meds ; therapy but u r ahead of the game knowing you are paranoid--you r probably hyper-vigilant reading things into situations etc--a general rule--if things seem complex they r probably coming out of your head because life ; people are simple ; not preoccupied with you! ...Read more

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Is there a way to continue smoking weed and get rid of the paranoia?

Is there a way to continue smoking weed and get rid of the paranoia?

Depends...: If your paranoia is caused by smoking weed then smoking more of the stuff is likely to increase the paranoia. If the paranoia is a separate psychiatric disorder you may need medication treatment for this. Smoking weed is a risk factor for developing psychosis. Regardless, if you have paranoia seek professional help, this can be a very disabling condition left untreated. ...Read more

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Which drugs cause paranoia and agression once taken, and how/what is used to help the overdose?

Which drugs cause paranoia and agression once taken, and how/what is used to help the overdose?

Multiple: Many drugs can cause paranoia and aggression when ingested. These include hallucinogens, stimulants like cocaine, methamphetamine, pcp, designer drugs which are hard to keep up with pharmacologically, and even alcohol. Steroids too. It can be hard to know exactly "what" has been taken because street sources are unreliable. Responses are individual, and so are the treatments used in overdose. ...Read more

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What are some triggers of paranoid personality disorder?

Old stories: We evolve our personas from the stories we tell ourselves, made up of memories, the way others treat us, traumas. These serve as cues to our present responses. Paranoia is a strong, fear response based on the meaning of the partiular experience. If you were attacked by a dog as a child, you might forever be fearful of a large animal. A more vulnerable persona is predisposed to respond this way. ...Read more

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Should I put a safety gate for the stairs to prevent my baby from accidentally falling or am I being paranoid?

Should I put a safety gate for the stairs to prevent my baby from accidentally falling or am I being paranoid?

Good timing!: It's interesting that the national falls prevention awareness day was just observed two days ago--the first day of fall (sept. 22 in 2012) to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent falls among older adults. But, the risk of falls among infants is real. Approximately 1 million children are injured in falls each year. Some of these falls are from stairs. Good call! ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm paranoid! I read on the internet that herpes and eczema can for into eczema herpeticum. I'm freaking out! how can I avoid this?

What do you advise if I'm paranoid! I read on the internet that herpes and eczema can for into eczema herpeticum. I'm freaking out! how can I avoid this?

If you really feel: paranoid please get it treated by a mental health professional. As to your physical health concerns, please see your doc for periodic check ups and try to listen to what he/she tells you. Limit your internet health searches. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w/bpd&i have paranoia that gets so severe I can't n don't leave my house for days or weeks at a time.What med.Helps w/paranoia?

BPD: Sounds like panphobia which is intense anxiety due to imagined fear. Antidepressents used for anxiety can be worth a try, along with psychotherapy using cognitive work. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic predisposition for paranoia?

Is there a genetic predisposition for paranoia?

yes, but depends: Certain types of paranoia can have a genetic predisposition, and some times it can be caused by drugs or medications. Your best bet is to get a thorough evaluation by a psychiatrist and get a better answer that is specific to you. ...Read more

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What is paranoia?

What is  paranoia?

Paranoia: Paranoia is the experience of extreme suspiciousness of others & their motives -- often feeling that they are out to get you, or otherwise mean you harm. Frank misreading of the others' meanings and intentions can lead to great fear. It may be outer projection of one's own anger. It can appear in many conditions, such as certain personality and delusional disorders, and other psychoses too. ...Read more

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What causes paranoia?

Paranoia: The cause of paranoia can be due psychiatric illness, medical factors, or even high levels of stress. As such, to determine an exact cause seek medical advice and go from there. ...Read more

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How can I treat paranoia?

See a therapist: "Paranoia" is a specific symptom, usually associated with psychotic disorders. The term is often used in common conversation to refer to all kinds of fears, anxieties, suspiciousness, etc. If it is bothering you it could be worth at least consulting with a therapist to put your mind at ease and get a better handle on exactly where these feelings are coming from. ...Read more

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How to get treated for paranoia?

See a psychiatrist: Make an appointment with a psychiatrist or ask your family medicine doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist. The treatment will be tailored to your unique symptoms of paranoia and to the cause of it (there are several possibilities). It should get significantly better with treatment. ...Read more

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What can someone do about paranoia?

Check out feelings: Paranoid feelings can range from common concerns such as feeling a friend doesn't like you, to,severe distortions in thinking. For example, instead of a friend not liking you, you may think that people you know are plotting against you. It is easy to support these beliefs in your own mind, forgetting that the entire premise is wrong. Checking your thoughts out can bring relief. Therapy helps. ...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