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
  • Argumentative

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.