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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Paranoid Delusions (Overview)

Paranoid delusions are beliefs an individual has that are unchanging and not based on fact, and the delusions are of being watched, being followed, being controlled, or that others are "out to get him".


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How long does it take for paranoid delusions to dissapear once you have found the root cause?

How long does it take for paranoid delusions to dissapear once you have found the root cause?

It depends: It depends on what that root cause is. If schizophrenia, one would need antipsychotic medicines at optimal, consistent dosing for a time. If it's a recreational drug, one hopes the delusions will quiet down once the drug is out of system - but in the case of marijuana and some hallucinogens, these may persist. If mania or psychotic depression, delusions should leave when mood problem remits. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
33 doctors shared insights

Paranoid Delusions (Overview)

Paranoid delusions are beliefs an individual has that are unchanging and not based on fact, and the delusions are of being watched, being followed, being controlled, or that others are "out to get him".


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Anyone living well with severe paranoid delusions?

Anyone living well with severe paranoid delusions?

I doubt it: There's no way to know for sure. I've certainly never met anyone living well with severe paranoid delusions. It's hard to picture how anyone might, as this symptom means a fearful existence avoiding imagined threats that seem always to be nearby. ...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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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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What are paranoid delusions?

Paranoid delusion: Are fantasies that someone wants to do you harm that have no basis in reality. When someone suffers from paranoia they tend to be tormented by these kind of delusions and spend their life obsessively trying to defend themselves from those they feel want to hurt them. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am having paranoid delusions?

Hard to do alone: If there is someone you trust, lay person or pro, try to ask them to confirm or challenge your point of view. Let them know that your idea is what you believe, but that you have a doubt. Just asking this here is a good sign that you might find relief but it takes a helper. Depending on things unstated, you may even be able to do it without drugs. But they might be needed too. I'm hopeful for you. ...Read more

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How can you help someone with paranoid delusions?

How can you help someone with paranoid delusions?

Make sure they get: psychiatric help and medication. Paranoia tends to get worse without treatment and they may see you as a threat as well without treatment. ...Read more

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Anyone living well with severe paranoid delusions?

I doubt it: There's no way to know for sure. I've certainly never met anyone living well with severe paranoid delusions. It's hard to picture how anyone might, as this symptom means a fearful existence avoiding imagined threats that seem always to be nearby. ...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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My friend is suffering from paranoid delusions - what can I do to help her?

My friend is suffering from paranoid delusions - what can I do to help her?

Reality: Breaks are or can be serious and if her symptoms include hurting herself or other people, she needs immediate help. Go to er. If these are feelings of persecution, life isn't fair, every one hates me: engage someone skilled at evaluation to discern if talk or medication is needed. ...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


Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Paranoia (Definition)

Paranoia is a symptom in which the individual's thought process is pervaded by ...Read more