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When is paranoia actually a mental disorder? Is being afraid of the dark or a fear of being robbed considered paranoid and a disorder?

When is paranoia actually a mental disorder? Is being afraid of the dark or a fear of being robbed considered paranoid and a disorder?

A symptom: In most cases it is a symptom like fever that reflects hypervigilence & anxiety. It also reflects your past experience--most of us operate in a state of denial which reduces our anxiety about what could happen--ie if you are robbed it is likely you will be fearful of being robbed. Of course there are major disorders with paranoid delusional thinking & irrational fears & beliefs. ...Read more

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Phobia (Definition)

An irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a strong desire to avoid it. Such fears can be considered anxiety disorders or symptoms characterized by unnecessary avoidance of a situation out of fear. Avoidance is the hallmark of a phobia. And, avoidance serves as a sort of ...Read more


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Fear of being watched equal paranoia?

Fear of being watched equal paranoia?

Maybe,not necessaril: Could also be one of the many anxiety disorder... I would consult with a psychologist or psychiatrist about this... You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain! ...Read more

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Fear of being hated by everyone, intense need to leave the area for fear of annoying everyone by being there?

It can get better. : What a difficult situation to be in. Your outlook about both yourself & others can become more reality based. Paranoia is such a lonely & painful state of mind. There is hope. Were you diagnosed w depression, anxiety & paranoia by a mental health provider? Encourage you to work with a psychologist who provides cognitive behavioral therapy. Are you seeing a psychiatrist now for medications? There. ...Read more

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How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder distinguished from each other?

How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder distinguished from each other?

Type of social anx: Good question. Depends on whether the social phobia/anxiety is generalized or non-generalized (e.g., specific social situations such as public speaking). Most people have "non-generalized" type social phobia. Those with generalized type (have more of an embarrassment response rather than fear as in "non-generalized" type) also are considered for the additional apd diagnosis. So, general vs. Spec. ...Read more

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Is a fear of heights a very common phobie or fear? Shouldn't everybody should have fear of heights, for survival.

Is a fear of heights a very common phobie or fear? Shouldn't everybody should have fear of heights, for survival.

Fear of Heights: Acrophobia is a fear of heights, and there is a difference about a rational survival based fear of heights and a phobia which is defined as an irrational deep seated fear which can cause paralytic fear of heights in cases where there is no rational fear such as on a safe enclosure or inside a building, or even on a second floor of a house. ...Read more

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Have you heard of many success stories of mild-moderate anxiety and OCD being treated with therapy and willingness alone? (no medication)

Have you heard of many success stories of mild-moderate anxiety and OCD being treated with therapy and willingness alone? (no medication)

Rx anxiety ; OCD: Studies have shown that people can respond favorably to either psychotherapy or medication when suffering from anxiety and ocd. However in some instances doing both will lead to the best clinical outcome. If you are afraid of taking medication for anxiety, you could try l-theanine ( a green tea extract) or lavella ( an oral form of lavender). Both have been shown to reduce anxiety symptoms. ...Read more

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I am aware that Munchausen's is a type of factitious disorder. Is hypochondria one as well, even though it's the fear of being ill?

I am aware that Munchausen's is a type of factitious disorder. Is hypochondria one as well, even though it's the fear of being ill?

In DSM 5: people who might have been diagnosed with hypochondria in the past might fall under one of two disorders - Somatic Symptom Disorder or Illness Anxiety Disorder. These diagnoses are not considered factitious disorders. ...Read more

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Is there a systematic way to overcome the fear of teasing and humiliation?

Is there a systematic way to overcome the fear of teasing and humiliation?

Psychotherapy: With a good psychotherapist, you can develop healthy love for -- and confidence in -- yourself. With this, you'll be better able to sustain yourself despite others' possibly unpleasant attitudes. You might not like it, but you won't have to fear it. And you might decide to end relationships with people who treat you that way. You'll also be able to connect with healthier, more loving people! ...Read more

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Terrified of being left, forgotten, abandoned. Engaged. Both severely insecure and over confident. Lack sense of identity, personality wise. Help?

Terrified of being left, forgotten, abandoned. Engaged. Both severely insecure and over confident. Lack sense of identity, personality wise. Help?

See a psychologist: You should get evaluated. Schedule an appointment with a psychologist for an evaluation. Therapy and/or medication will help if in fact you are depressed or have chronic feelings of emptiness. Make sure you talk about your symptoms and not a diagnostic label. ...Read more

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How can I cope with the overwhelming feeling of being a new parent?

How can I cope with the overwhelming feeling of being a new parent?

Find support: Find support from friends and family. There are online sites for new parents and support groups in almost every town. Be honest about what you need, even if it is time alone or time to sleep. Keep in mind that everyone feels overwhelmed in the beginning. You are not along. ...Read more

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Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Bipolar disorder: can express itself in irrational thinking and fears. Phobic disorder has one or more irrational fears as part of it but the person usually understands at some level that the fear is irrational. Please see a mental health professional for more complete clarification and support. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is social anxiety considered a panic disorder and how can you confront it?

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Is social anxiety considered a panic disorder and how can you confront it?

Social anxiety: It is one of anxiety disorders, so is panic disorder, but the two are separate. You work thru it by behavior modification thru relaxation & exposure. ...Read more

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Is fear of putting weight on and therefore not eating, despite being really thin, part of ocd?

Is fear of putting weight on and therefore not eating, despite being really thin, part of ocd?

Could be.: Ocd is characterized by having obsessions and compulsions, usually like the compulsion to count or to check locks many times before leaving the house. Someone with ocd understands the compulsion is not a rational response to the obsession, but can't help from enacting the compulsion. You recognize the irrationality of your fear, so maybe ocd. But my first thought was a possible eating disorder. ...Read more

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Is being self preoccupied considered a sign of schizophrenia delusions of grandeur or just egotism?

Is being self preoccupied considered a sign of schizophrenia delusions of grandeur or just egotism?

It could be many: It could be many things. It is not a symptom of schizophrenia, it could be anxiety, egotism. I would not even try to guess without meeting with you and discussing your history and the issues you are worried about. Meet with a therapist and sort things out. ...Read more

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Can delusions of grandeur be a method of coping/ ocd?

Can delusions of grandeur be a method of coping/ ocd?

Delusions are a: Psychotic symptom. This is not a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder but I am sure that this delusion does serve as a manner of coping. ...Read more

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Can an agoraphobic hypochondriac with GAD, OCD, panic disorder, and social anxiety ever hope to live a normal life with marked reduction of symptoms?

Can an agoraphobic hypochondriac with GAD, OCD, panic disorder, and social anxiety ever hope to live a normal life with marked reduction of symptoms?

Hope: The different diagnoses that you listed could easily be summarized as someone dealing with severe anxiety issues. There is always hope to have reduction in the symptoms of anxiety and to live a happier life. My suggestion to you would be to seek wise counseling and to work closely together with a psychiatrist or other mental health professional to find the right treatment regimen for you. It is very common for people who struggle with anxiety to feel hopeless about their future. ...Read more

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Can the physical symptoms of anxiety present themselves without the presence of anxious thoughts and feelings?

Can the physical symptoms of anxiety present themselves without the presence of anxious thoughts and feelings?

We can be anxious: and not be aware of it like when we get our blood pressure measured and it is high although we don't feel anxious. Our "Fight flight" response is working. Take a look at www.relaxationresponse.org for a little technique to evoke the Relaxation Response. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Whats the diffrence from being introverted and having social anxiety and ant-social disorder? I'm introvtd & hve some soc. anxiety but can function.

Whats the diffrence from being introverted and having social anxiety and ant-social disorder? I'm introvtd & hve some soc. anxiety but  can function.

Discrimination: You are probably the best judge of how you feel about this. If you honestly feel better alone or w/ very limited interactions, that can be fine. Even having anxiety if you are forced into a social situation can be okay if you know how to manage your life to minimize it and recover well. Anti-social = bad behavior (often illegal) that shows no concern for others' well-being. Probably not you. ...Read more