Paranoid Schizophrenia, what does that mean?

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Paranoid Schizophrenia is a type of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a serious and debilitating mental illness where the individual interprets reality in an abnormal way and as such can experience hallucinations and delusions.

Hallucinations are hearing or seeing things that aren’t really there and can affect any one of the senses. Delusions are where the individual believes in certain things which are not true and persists in believing them despite being presented with evidence to the contrary.

Someone suffering from delusions might believe they are of divine birth and on a special mission in life or that they are famous and extremely important or that the television and radio as well as other forms of media are sending out special messages directed specifically at them.

The behaviour of someone with schizophrenia can appear bizarre, irrational and indeed shocking to others at times and can cause much worry and anxiety for the sufferer, the family and close friends and co workers. In paranoid schizophrenia the individual may feel persecuted and may even mistakenly believe that a close friend or member of the family or anyone else for that matter is trying to poison them or is conspiring against them. This feeling that someone is out to get them or that they are being watched and plotted against can lead to violence and confrontation as they try to ‘defend’ themselves against their perceived threat.

Other symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia

•    Extreme jealousy
•    Hearing voices
•    Hallucinations involving any of the senses
•    Beliefs with no basis in reality
•    Anxiety
•    Aggression and confrontation
•    Withdrawing from social situations and contact
•    Anger
•    Thoughts of suicide

The symptoms of schizophrenia are generally categorised into positive and negative symptoms. Positive symptoms can be described as those which involve hallucinations and delusions. Negative symptoms on the other hand can include symptoms such as withdrawing from social situations, showing little or no emotion and being slow to think and talk.

If you feel that you or someone close to you may have symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia it’s vital that you seek help early. The difficulty with this is that many people with schizophrenia will not recognise that they have a problem or that they need help. However, with the right treatment and support from family and friends there is every chance that the individual with schizophrenia can go on to lead a full, productive and happy life.

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3 Comments

  1. LIONEL FORTIER
    Posted May 15, 2009 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    I HAVE PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA AND HAVE HAD IT SINCE I WAS 10 YEARS OLD. I FOUND YOUR BLOG VERY INTERESTING AND ACCURATE AND ENJOYED READING IT.

  2. Emma
    Posted October 16, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    Im 15 nearly 16 years old and i have paranoid schizophrenia.. Everyone has told me Im a danger to myself and others… and that I might be actually crazy… But in your blog thingy it says we can go on and lead a normal life… i hope thats true.

  3. Heather Walker
    Posted October 1, 2011 at 5:13 am | Permalink

    A member of my family has been diagnosed as such and as a family we have been kept in the dark about the illness and how best to support him. Suicide has been tried a number of times and he is very angry to be still alive. As his parent, I find it very difficult to receive phonecalls concerning his hallucinations/delusions. I don’t know what to say to him. Your blog gave me something no one else has and that is hope that life could be better. For now, I cling to that.

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