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resembling paranoia.
a person suffering from paranoia; called also paranoiac.
paranoid disorder older term for delusional disorder.
paranoid personality disorder a personality disorder in which the patient views other people as hostile, devious, and untrustworthy and reacts in a combative manner to disappointments or to events that he or she considers rebuffs or humiliations. Notable are a questioning of the loyalty of friends, the bearing of grudges, a tendency to read threatening meanings into benign remarks, and unfounded suspicions about the fidelity of a partner. Unlike delusional disorders or paranoid schizophrenia, in which delusional or hallucinatory persecution occurs, it is not characterized by psychosis.


1. Relating to or characterized by paranoia.
2. Having delusions of persecution.


1. Psychiatry Relating to, characteristic of, or affected with paranoia.
2. Exhibiting or characterized by irrational distrust or suspicion of others: a paranoid fear that the police car was following him.
3. Experiencing or displaying intense anxiety or worry: paranoid about catching the flu.
One affected with paranoia.


Etymology: Gk, para + nous, mind, eidos, form
1 adj, pertaining to or resembling paranoia.
2 n, a person afflicted with a paranoid disorder.
Usage notes: (informal)
a person, or pertaining to a person, who is overly suspicious or exhibits persecutory trends or attitudes.


1. Relating to or characterized by paranoia.
2. Having delusions of persecution.

Patient discussion about paranoid

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?

A. Methinks all these brain disorders have everything to do with a lack of copper. With all our modern technology and artificial fertilizers and processing of foods, the food has become so depleted of minerals that our bodies and brains have become so depleted that we cannot even function properly. Start taking kelp, calcium magnesium, cod liver oil, flax seed oil, and raw apple cider vinegar. This will bring healing and normal function to the brain and body systems. The emotions will calm down and be more manageable. If you are taking a vitamin with more manganese than copper it will add to the dysfunction. Don't waste your money. There you are! Some solutions rather than more rhetoric about the problem.

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.

A. Paranoia, excessive anxiety, or chronic worrying is symptomatic for those afflicted with ADHD but the answer is not quite as simple as that.

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

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Those who have fallen victim to the paranoid style (apart from almost every Arab head of state and newspaper journalist) also include Edward Said, Rana Kabbani (author of Europe's Myths of the Orient), Susan Faludi (Backlash), Joel Kovel (Red Hunting in the Promised Land: Anticommunism and the Making of America) and Peter Smith (Talons of the Eagle: Dynamics of US-Latin American Relations).
They begin from its psychiatric foundations by making some room for Melanie Klein's concept of the paranoid position and Wilfred Bion's work on group paranoia.
The figure of the paranoid leader or the paranoid despot (whether it be Poi Pot, Joseph Stalin or Jim Jones) provides these authors with a powerful image of how the paranoid style invests and affects the arena of national and international politics.
Yet accompanying this is a kind of discomfort, a sense that the reader is being taken along far too quickly to appreciate the nature of these events as vastly disparate, to recognise the important differences between a paranoid outlook and the various millenarianisms, or the different contexts that inspire religious fundamentalisms in the Middle East and in the United States, or the differences between the individual's paranoid delusion, and that of the cult, or the organised religion.
One can note that 19th-century Jewish psychiatric patients (such as those documented in the asylum archive at Ilenau or in the Prinzhorn collection at Heidelberg) evidenced many of the same paranoid fantasies as Schreber.
Like the German empire in its unconscious decline before World War I, Schreber's paranoid world prefigured the space in which the charismatic leader would appear.
When the paranoid narrative structure is absorbed into the
kind of gratification the paranoid takes in the threat.
the vector of agency so that the paranoid stands in the middle while the
Moreover, the paranoid subject's proclivity to see the world as hostile, dangerous place is symbolized on the Rorschach in two types of content themes: experienced external threat and need for protection (Exner & Weiner, 1982).
Generally speaking, when the schizophrenics focus their attention on rare details (Dd) and white spaces (S) on the Rorschach cards, then they are more likely to be suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
These tendencies, when projected on Rorschach, reveal introversive experience type of patient, which are important clues to paranoid schizophrenia.