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How Does Paranoia Affect a Person, and What Are the Treatment Options?

 In Mental Health, Treatment Centers

Paranoia is the continuous and irrational feeling that people are “out to get you.” Drug use, dementia, or mental illness can all be causes of paranoia. Paranoia can affect a person’s ability to function daily and can be challenging to battle independently. If you are suffering from Paranoia and need help managing the symptoms, consider reaching out to a resource center. There are many facilities available to ensure you get the best care possible. 

Cause and Symptoms of Paranoia 

While an exact cause of Paranoia has not been explicitly pinpointed, some of the contributing factors that may cause paranoia include:

  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Brain chemistry 
  • Drug use 

Though paranoid thoughts are something many people experience at some time or another, genuinely being paranoid has more in-depth symptoms. The effects of Paranoia can interfere with all aspects of the person’s daily life. Some of the symptoms may include the following:

  • Continuous stress
  • Anxiety 
  • Irrational distrust of others
  • Suspicion 
  • Feeling misunderstood
  • Feeling victimized 
  • Feeling threatened when there is no harm 
  • Isolating 
  • Thinking others are ‘out to get them’
  • Being unable to work with others 
  • Hostility 
  • Being detached 

If you need help managing your symptoms of paranoia, a rehabilitation center may be beneficial in creating a paranoia treatment plan and helping you regain control of your life. 

Co-occurring Disorders

When battling paranoia, some may also suffer from other conditions including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder 
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline personality disorder 
  • Personality or mood disorders 
  • Other psychotic disorders 
  • Substance abuse disorders  
  • Eating disorders

Paranoia Treatment Programs 

Treating a person with Paranoia depends on the severity and cause of the person’s paranoia symptoms. Each person is different. Treatment methods include antipsychotic medication, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, inpatient or outpatient rehab, family therapy, and support groups. Making your mental health a priority is essential. If you or a loved one are struggling with Paranoia, contact a trusted behavioral health professional to discuss management and treatment for your paranoia and determine the best course of action. Mental illness is a hard battle to face, but you are not alone.

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