What Is Paranoid Schizophrenia?

Q:
What is paranoid schizophrenia?

A:
Paranoid schizophrenia, or schizophrenia with paranoia, is the most common example of this mental illness. In other words, it is the most common sub-types of the debilitating mental illness schizophrenia.

Delusions are fixed beliefs that seem real to you, even when there’s strong evidence they aren’t. Paranoid delusions, also called delusions of persecution. As is often the case, people with paranoid delusions are unreasonably suspicious of others.

Patients might usually feel like:

  • A co-worker is trying to hurt them, like poison their food.
  • Their spouse or partner is cheating on them.
  • The government is spying on them.
  • People in their neighborhood are plotting to harass them.

These beliefs can cause trouble in the relationships. When you think that strangers are going to hurt you, you may feel like staying inside or being alone. This can make it hard for you to hold a job, run errands, have friendships, and even go to the doctor.

However, though it’s a lifelong illness, you can take medicines and find help to stop symptoms or make them easier to live with.

When you think you need some help, don’t hesitate to turn to doctors or your family members.

 

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