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How can you tell the difference between your instinct & paranoia?
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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