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Causes and symptoms
- suspicious; unfounded suspicions; believes others are plotting against him/her
- preoccupied with unsupported doubts about friends or associates
- reluctant to confide in others due to a fear that information may be used against him/her
- reads negative meanings into innocuous remarks
- bears grudges
- perceives attacks on his/her reputation that are not clear to others, and is quick to counterattack
- maintains unfounded suspicions regarding the fidelity of a spouse or significant other
par·a·noi·a(par'ă-noy'ă), Avoid the jargonistic use of this word in the sense of "the condition of being paranoid".
See also: paranoid personality.
(1) An evolving or fixed persecutory delusional state. The term paranoia is not used in DSM-IV; however, paranoid delusions are an integral component of the paranoid personality disorder and paranoid subtype of schizophrenia.
(2) Paranoid personality disorder.
(3) Delusional disorder.
(4) An obsolete term for mental disorder.
A popular term for an insidious pattern of unfounded thoughts and fears, often based on misinterpretation of actual events; patients with paranoia may have highly developed delusions of persecution and/or of grandeur.
See also: paranoid personality
paranoiaA delusional state or system of DELUSIONS, usually involving the conviction of persecution, in which intelligence and reasoning capacity, within the context of the delusional system, are unimpaired. HALLUCINATIONS or other mental disturbances do not occur. Less commonly there may be delusions of grandeur, of the love of some notable person, of grounds for sexual jealousy or of bodily deformity, odour or parasitization. Many hypotheses have been advanced to explain paranoia, but the cause is unknown. Because the delusional state usually provides the subject with essential psychological sustenance, treatment is very difficult.
2. the irrational belief that one is the object of special persecution by others or by fate.
Patient discussion about paranoia
Q. What is paranoia? Is it different from other psychosis disorders? A friend of mine was diagnosed with schizophrenia. I read about it on the internet and I am not sure about the idea of paranoia. Is it a kind of psychosis or it a different symptom by its on? Can someone give an example of paranoid thinking VS normal thinking?
Q. Is paranoia a side effect of ADHD? My lovable daughter has ADHD and she is often getting paranoia easily. I have a doubt, is paranoia a side effect of ADHD? I am confused. I really need some help.
For the most part males afflicted with attention deficit disorder syndrome usually tend to have it accompanied by the restlessness, impatience, associated with ADHD Attention Deficit HYPER Disorder, while for females it is usually manifested by ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder without the "H", the hyperactivity it is commonly thought to be.
You might want to refer to an ADD symptoms check list in determining whether or not your daughter meets the criteria for those afflicted
with ADD. One of the first books on ADD/ADHD "Driven to Distraction" by Dr. Hallowell, available in paperback has a questionnaire of fifty
questions in helping to determine the severity of ADD/ADHD in which one is afflicted with.
The difficulty in diagnosing ADD/ADHD symptoms is because of the vast, disparate wide-ranging spectrum of symptoms an