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Doctor insights on: Where Does Paranoia Come From

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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

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 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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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?

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?

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

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Why people think that I have paranoia?

Paranoia pervasive: You distrust & are ssupiciousness of others. You interpret others motives as malevolent beginning in early adulthood. 4 of folllowing present: you suspect that others are exploiting, harming or deceiving you. You do not trust loyalty or trustworthiness of friends /associates. Persistenltly bear grudges. Recurrent suspicion without justification of fidelity of others, sexual partner/spouse. ...Read more

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What medication is there for paranoia?

Depends: If the paranoia is the result of depression then an antidepressant. If it is the result of a psychosis then antipsychotic medications. Psychotherapy in combination with medication appears to be the best treatment. ...Read more

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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

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How could I tell if I have paranoia problems?

Talk to family.: The best source of information is usually family. Seek help from your support system and discuss with them your concerns. Family members or people that live with you and know you well can provide crucial information. Utilize these resources. If help is needed for treatment, make an appointment with psychiatrist who can help treat your symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do about paranoia getting the best of me?

What to do about paranoia getting the best of me?

Get help: Seek help from a psychologist and/ or a psychiatrist. A combination of therapy and possibly medication can help you overcome your paranoia. Do it as soon as possible since it could get worse and you might not be able to know that your paranoia is not rational. ...Read more

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What are good resources for dealing with paranoia?

Test reality: Reality testing is a good means of dealing with paranoia. Ask yourself what is really happening here? And test the fears and worries versus the actual goings on. Developing a list with a trained therapist is also helpful. ...Read more

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Can the paranoia elicited by weed go away over time?

Depends...: Quitting the use of weed may eliminate the paranoia in some patients. However in some other patients, the paranoia may mark the beginning of a more serious underlying psychiatric problem. Best advice is to stay away from it especially if you are predisposed to serious mental health problems. ...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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For how long do you have to take medicines for paranoia?

Lifetime: If your paranois is the result of schizophrenia, it is likely that you would benefit from treatment throughout your lifetime. Please follow the advice and recommendations of your psychiatrist. Having a thought disorder is a very frightening experience but there is treatment that can help you live your life well and successfully. ...Read more

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What to do if I have health paranoia anyone else have this?

Hypochondriasis: Seeing a therapist may alleviate some of your health concerns. Take time to discuss your thoughts about your health and what you think may be symptoms. With time and understanding and education, you will be less anxious about your health. ...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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How can you tell the difference between your instinct & paranoia?

Can be tough: Instinctive wariness is an important tool for self-preservation. Paranoia is excessive fear beyond what is reasonable for the situation or based on faulty logic, e.g., all strangers are aliens. Being cautious makes sense in some settings; persistent, excessive worry about safety may be a sign something about you is not working right. That's when talking to a professional can be of real value. ...Read more

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What are some natural herbs or remedies that can help with paranoia?

What are some natural herbs or remedies that can help with paranoia?

Wouldn't recommend: Paranoia can be a very painful and disabling condition -- and is one that needs help from a compassionate psychiatrist and/or therapist. Although I am both a board certified psychiatrist and a classical homeopath, I would not recommend using herbs or remedies alone to deal with this condition. Please see a psychiatrist about this, so that you can receive understanding and help. ...Read more

Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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