- Mental Health
Paranoia Will Destroyia - Are You Paranoid?
Are you living in a fishbowl?
Are they coming to get you?
"Hieroglyphics of her eyes
Blink upon a paradise
Paralyzed and paranoid."
Are You Paranoid?
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Are you paranoid?
Note: This hub was written in response to an email I received about another hub. It was disturbing and I felt that I was wrongly accused of many things. This hub is making fun of a situation that seems to happen to a lot of people that decide to write on any public forum. Sometimes people perceive that you have offended them - when no offense was really intended.
+Stan recently started working at a new office. During his training he suspects his trainer is demeaning and critical of him. Stan thinks that his trainer is always making gestures or talking behind his back. Further, Stan thinks he knows more than his co-worker and that he is jealous of his superior knowledge. When Stan's trainer takes a break with his other co-workers, Stan is sure they are talking and laughing about him.
Have you ever worked with Stan? I have. Stan is the one who is a little cold and aloof. He always takes things personally and perceives that you have slighted him or insulted him intentionally. If Stan is a family member or friend - he will constantly test your loyalty. He is hyper alert, always on guard and mistrustful. Stan will expect trickery and will quickly become argumentative and defensive. Stan generally will see the world as a threatening place.
What is PPD?
Paranoia is the intense suspicion of others and their motives. It is unfounded and can be slowly progressive. Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is a psychosis that includes elements of persecution and grandeur. In its milder form there are no delusions or hallucinations. Those suffering from PPD have an intense fear and are so anxiety ridden in social envinronments, they think that everyone is out to get them. They think that others are taunting or threatening them and they might react to those unfounded thoughts with angry outbursts. The slightest hint or evidence that they have been slighted can lead to a situation that is blown out of proportion.
A certain degree of suspicion or insecurity may be normal in a new environment. Paranoia becomes a problem when the affected person can not abandon those feelings. As a normal person learns to trust new people - those insecurities should dissipate.
PPD limits the social lives of those affected because they are not able to work well with others or trust others. They might have difficulty keeping a job. The cause of PPD is unknown though there is a higher occurrence of it in families that have psychotic disorders or schizophrenia in their history. Abuse of drugs such as PCP, LSD, Marijuana, Cocaine, amphetamines or stimulants with psychedelic compounds may induce or compound paranoia.
People that suffer with this disorder may function competently in society but they will often be emotionally distant from others. They avoid intimacy and may be argumentative and uncompromising though they see themselves as rational and objective. They are reluctant to confide in others and could be preoccupied with doubts about the people around them. The disorder may present elements of psychopathic jealousy.
How is it treated?
PPD is diagnosed by a psychological evaluation including the patient's medical history. Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms and may include antipsychotics and/or psychotherapy. This disorder is rarely treated by clinicians because these people do not seek treatment. They may also be mistrustful of the doctors that are treating them.
It doesn't matter if you live in Seattle or Phoenix - there is treatment available! With proper care and management those that suffer with this disorder can have hope for a healthier life. Without treatment symptoms can progress and this type of disorder can destroy your ability to form close or lasting attachments to other people.
But....what if people are watching you?
In my research, I discovered a lot of information with regard to PPD. However, what if people ARE watching you? What if the Men In Black are following you? At the epicenter of every tantalizing conspiracy theory there is always suspicion of paranoia. I am sure it would be quite easy to convince someone that they are "just paranoid" when they are being persecuted.
If you have PPD - you might even think that I am persecuting you or that I am watching you. Don't worry - I'm not, I'm a narcissist with histronic tendencies and I am only watching me because after all - it is all about me and I want you to follow me!
Take the quiz and find out what personality disorder you have!
+If your name is Stan and you think I am talking about you - don't be paranoid! I just made that name up.