What is Paranoia?
Paranoia stems from a belief that something bad is going to happen, or that bad things are happening now. It can also be expressed through general and specific suspicion about people.
Paranoid beliefs usually have no clear evidence to support them, yet the beliefs and related emotions persist and can be very real for the individual. These beliefs can also be quite distressing. For those who experience Paranoia, they will often respond by isolating themselves out of fear, and unfortunately, are unlikely to seek help.
Where does Paranoia come from?
There are no simple explanations about the origins of Paranoia, and it is likely to be different for each individual. However, there can be some common themes in the lives of individuals who are paranoid or suspicious.
Some of these themes may include: a sense of personal vulnerability; historical trauma leading to fear and lack of trust; or thinking patterns that have developed over time that are distorted or irrational. In some cases, Paranoia can be developed through social modeling, especially in the family system, leading to a set of distorted beliefs adopted from others.
Is Help available?
Counselling and Psychotherapy to deal with Paranoia is available and can be helpful. Exploring historical and family factors can be useful in this process as well as addressing the distorted thoughts in a supportive and confidential environment. There are also medications available that can help to moderate the emotions and thought processes related to Paranoia. If your feelings of Paranoia are extreme, then a visit to the GP is an important course of action.
Get help now for Paranoia
Dirk Hansen is a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and offers cognitive behavioural and family system approaches for Paranoia. Contact Dirk here for an initial assessment.