Paranoia occurs in many behavioral health disorders and involves constant feelings of persecution and an increased sense of self-importance. People suffering from paranoia may be able to work and function normally in everyday life, but may lead isolated lives.
Symptoms of paranoia include:
- Irrational mistrust or suspicion
- Taking offense easily
- Difficulty with forgiveness
- Defensive attitude in response to imagined criticism
- Preoccupation with hidden motives
- Fear of being deceived or taken advantage of
- Inability to relax
Treatment of paranoia is usually done via behavioral therapy, which aims to reduce sensitivity to criticism and improve social skills.
For more information on paranoia, visit Mental Health America.