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Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Paranoia (Overview)

Paranoia is a symptom in which the individual's thought process is pervaded by anxiety, fear, and delusions.


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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)

Paranoia is a symptom in which the individual's thought process is pervaded by anxiety, fear, and delusions.


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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.

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

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