'Feeling paranoid' is an extremely common experience and covers a wide variety of unpleasant feelings and being over suspicious of people and events. In mild forms an individual is aware that they are overly suspicious of others. In extreme cases the sufferer cannot distinguish reality from fantasy.
Different kinds of Paranoia
There are two types of Paranoia known as:
- "bad-me Paranoia" where the sufferer feels they are bad
- "poor-me Paranoia" where the sufferer imagines they are being unjustly persecuted.
In addition, other disorders include:
- Delusional or Paranoid Disorder
The individual functions well on a day to day level but one paranoid idea develops which dominates all other areas.
- Personality Disorder
This is considered a long-term problem and the individual has little awareness of the condition
- Paranoid Schizophrenia
This is an extreme form and may involve the sufferer hearing voices which comment on their thoughts and behaviour.
Seeking the right Treatment for Paranoia
It is important to seek professional treatment for Paranoia as it can be secondary to physical conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntingdon's disease, strokes and other forms of dementia. This is why a thorough medical assessment is essential.
The problem with paranoia, however, is that it leads to suspicion and guardedness, and developing trust with a clinician is vital for a therapeutic alliance to be built.
Our clinicians are specifically interested in the special skills required to overcome the mistrust that prevents many clients who would benefit from help getting it.
How can we help with treating Paranoia?
Clinical Partners have a team of Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Counsellors who are experienced in the treatment of Paranoia and will be able to offer full support and advice for you and your family.
We also can support you if you feel that you are suffering from other issues which can be connected to Paranoia including: Depression, Bipolar, Alcohol or Substance abuse, Panic Attacks, Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation.
By calling our Admissions Counsellor on 0203 326 9160 you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.