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How to Get Rid of Paranoia

Paranoia is a serious issue that can really mess with your overall mental well-being. Some cases are mild and aren’t too noticeable, whereas others are extreme and frequent. Either way, it’s not an easy mental condition to face.

Some people get sweaty, anxious, nauseous, or even deathly afraid when they are feeling paranoid about something. Unfortunately, it can really take over the mind. In extreme cases, people can feel a constant worry that they are in danger, or even that the world is after them. Other (less intense) instances can include the worry that people don’t like them for no apparent reason.

It’s hard to feel well when you’re in a constant state of panic, so we want to help! Keep on reading to learn more about paranoia and how to best deal with the issue.

1. Learn about your own mind.

A lot of people keep their feelings of paranoia to themselves, as they fear embarrassment or judgement from others. Keeping your feelings inside yourself can actually be very damaging. It’s important to take the following steps in order to understand your own thought processes better. This is a great first step toward dealing with your paranoia.

Talking to trusted friends or family is a good way to recognize your paranoia level. You may be surprised at the amount of people who have the same worries as you. Begin a conversation with those you trust most about what you are feeling, and what you believe is causing your paranoid feelings. Their response will likely give you a better idea as to whether your fears are normal or irrational.

Take the time to think about when you feel your most at ease, and when you feel the most paranoid. Try your best to recognize patterns that may be causing your scary or uncomfortable thoughts.

Ask yourself the right questions such as: do I feel most paranoid when I’m under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Or, do I feel at my lowest when I’m with a certain person? Be sure to recognize these patterns if they are there, and make the appropriate lifestyle changes.

2. See a psychiatrist.

Seeing a psychiatrist can do wonders for your paranoia. It is likely the best thing that you can do in order to tackle this issue. Talking to a neutral party can make you feel more comfortable about opening up. A professional can help you to recognize the root of your worries or fears, and ultimately assist you through the process of facing them.

Be sure to find the right psychiatrist for you. It’s important to feel extremely comfortable with this person. If you feel that your current psychiatrist is not right for you, make the switch! It’s very important that you’re a good match with the psychiatrist so you can get the best results.

Don’t feel ashamed about seeking help. You’d be surprised how many people see a psychiatrist on a regular basis. Remember, taking steps toward improving your paranoia does not make you weak. In fact, doing what you need to do to get better will only make you stronger in the long run.

3. Make the appropriate lifestyle changes.

You’d be amazed at how making small changes in your life can greatly improve your overall mental well-being and happiness.

It’s important to ‘train’ your mind into thinking differently. This isn’t going to solve the problem overnight, but it should help you to feel more at ease during your paranoia episodes. By adopting the right mindsets, you can actually re-wire your brain into different forms of thinking, and feel much better as a result.

Try your best to find the positives in any negative thought or situation. This is a great skill for your mind to have, as it can prevent your paranoia from taking over. Make positive thoughts a habit. This may feel forced at first, but trust that your brain will get used to thinking this way over time.

Focus on the real situations in front of you. Paranoia can take your mind to some dangerous places, and you can often find yourself worrying about things that are highly unlikely (or even impossible) to actually occur.

It’s very hard to train your mind out of this pattern, but it is possible. When you find yourself thinking about an irrational fear, try to shift your focus back to reality. Stay busy with work, hobbies, etc. in order to distract your mind from wandering off.

Find a useful outlet for your feelings. Perhaps writing down your fears and then ripping them into shreds will help you feel better. Another great outlet is regular exercise. Keeping active can help you to channel your feelings in a healthy way. Talking to a friend that you trust is also a wonderful way to get weight off of your mind.

4. Find the root problem.

In order to deal with paranoia properly, it’s important to fully understand what it is, and where it comes from.

Symptoms of paranoia can include: irrational fear and/or feelings of anxiety, the feeling of victimization or mistreatment from others with no concrete evidence behind the feeling, the constant worry of being in danger, and even delusional beliefs that some kind of ill-intentioned supernatural force is controlling you or your life.

Paranoia is a mental disorder that can seriously hinder a person’s mental well-being. It can also be considered a symptom of other serious mental disorders/illnesses such as paranoid personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, or schizophrenia.

If you believe that you may be suffering from one of these disorders, or you feel that your paranoia is out of control, be a sure to consult a medical professional immediately. It is important to note that because paranoia is considered to be a mental disorder, the term should not be used lightly. Some people use it describe a normal level fear or worry, which is incorrect. Be sure to be respectful of those who suffer (or have suffered) from this condition by using the term appropriately.

Paranoia is not at all easy to deal with. People who don’t have it have a hard time understanding how difficult it really can be. The mind can become a dangerous place if paranoia isn’t dealt with correctly.

Remember that you must be patient; paranoia doesn’t just disappear overnight. In fact, it may be something that you must deal with for life. This is why it’s so important to find ways to deal with it in a healthy manner, and get back to enjoying life as much as possible.

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Nicole Harding

8 Comments

  • My son is 20 years old, he was hospitalized 5 months ago after he overdosed with pots and alcohol, he was diagnosed with Paranoia psychosis, he was treated at the hospital for month and half, he is talking same medication was given at the hospital Olanzapine Orally.

    He responded with this medication very well, but now he is feels better and he wants to stop the medication while his doctor recommended for a year. What happiness if he stops now?

  • I would recommend not allowing him to stop because he will go back to slowly regaining those paranoid symptoms. Keep him on it!

  • How can one beat paranoia copletely without being subject to medication that may bring ‘it’ back in the future? issues; increased temper, unrealistic jealously, and constant calculation of probabilities which takes sme time and unwanted stress. history; long term marijuana user but i did slowly reduce the dose n have quit for about a month. i unlocked my creativity to make better music, but my family’s unhappiness and minupilating friends have triggered it. i think?. hve now minimised contact with them n will use all my strength to beat this ‘state of mind’ which is consuming my time. love is the key. but i want to be in total control over my mind. im not crazy. but not where i want to be, i hve the strength to change my life n most importantly ‘i will succeed’…. help me achieve my goal… to be happy without constant suspicions…….please…. #! oh by the way thats not my real name.

  • I have been inflicted with paranoia by my x mother in law, she has spread things about me, and I can’t over what she has done, I truly believe she had a camera in the house, I was used for a marriage of convience, so she told me they an others still manipulate me to keep me paranoid, wat can I do about this I’ve tried olanzapine but why should I take tablets when I no the truth, it has taken over my life

  • I have lived for 10 yrs with a man with paranoia. He made me very unhappy @ some times, but is now getting treatment. I recently left the house. I miss him a lot, the good moments. Now he begs me to return and promises to change, continue treatment and make me very happy.

    Should I give him a second and last chance?

  • My father is recently showing symptoms of paranoia and he is talking himself and when asked saying that he is talking to person who wants to harm hm and he believes in black magic,please tell me how to change his mind set.. he is under supervision of a psychiatrist,tell me any best methods to change his concentration from that..please do help me

  • help, I don’t know if I am paranoid but I think I may be, I grew up watching horror films that would scare me until I had nightmares, I still tend to think they are real even though I know they aren’t, I see them everywhere I go and I get so irrationally scared that I run ,hide, and send my self into a stressed, terrible state, anyone help me or am I going to have to go to a Psychiatrist?

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