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Symptoms of Paranoia Cheat Sheet by

How to detect if a person is suffering from Paranoia
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Introd­uction

Aside from confusion and memory loss, common hallmarks associated with Alzhei­mer’s disease, paranoia is systematic of the illness as well. Not only does the condition rear its ugly head in people living with Alzhei­mer’s, but also people with other mental illnesses. Caring for a loved-one who is paranoid can be a trying task. Do you know the signs of paranoia? Being aware of these disturbing signs and reacting correctly can be a caregi­ver’s only defense from their loved-­one’s agitated state of mind. Here are some signs of paranoia:
Credit: Paranoia: Know the Signs By Jennifer B. Buckley

Symptoms

Isol­ation: people who are paranoid often times do not want to be around other people. It could be they fear someone is out to get them.
Susp­icion: they believe people are talking about them or plotting against them. Perhaps even trying to kill them. Even a kind act is considered to have a hidden motive.
Inab­ility to relax: this can cause aggressive behavior because they don’t trust others easily. They might think bad things will always happen to them and they may have a poor self-i­mage.
Delu­sional: a person with paranoia may have feelings of grandeur and believe they have great worth and knowledge. Also, they may believe to be associated with a higher power.

How To React

If you truly believe your care-r­eci­pient suffers from paranoia, speak to their doctor. There are medica­tions that may be able to help control the erratic thoughts and behaviors of your loved-one.
DO NOT ever tell the person he or she is acting paranoid. This will agitate your loved-one even more.
If your loved-one fears someone is plotting against them, try relaxing them. Show signs of sympathy. Ask your loved-one to explain why they feel that way.
If your loved-one believes something has been stolen from them, help them look for it.
Try to change the subject if your care-r­eci­pient believes you are trying to harm or hurt them. If you defend yourself, they will most likely think you are guiltier.
If you have visitors to your home, speak to them about your loved-­one’s condition. Warn the visitor not to overreact to false claims against them.
Attempt to avoid crowds because a person who is paranoid can become very unsettled. The calmer the situation, the better.
 

Paranoid Symptoms

Seven Though­ts/­Sug­ges­tions

1. If you are with a paranoid person and experi­encing worry and despair, you are not alone.
2. Consol­ation and refutation will not likely alter paranoid convic­tions or delusions.
3. Profes­sional help or meds can make a big difference and bring relief, not shame.
4. Do not argue with the delusion or collude, but be empathic with the fear. Go with the emotion, not the facts.
5. A paranoid or otherwise mentally ill person can contribute to family, work, and life in many positive ways.
6. Because of the circum­scribed nature of the paranoid delusion in DDPT only those involved or accused may be aware of the severe psycho­pat­hology.
7. Gather, reflect, observe, and look below the surface before getting swept up into supporting a false claim

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