Paranoia is a process of thinking that causes people to have irrational suspicion and mistrust of others. Paranoia can range from a sense of mild discomfort to an intense or highly distressing pattern of thinking that puts a person’s mental well-being at risk. People with paranoia may believe that they are being persecuted, that someone is out to get them, or that their lives are in danger.
Paranoia disorder can exist on its own or be a symptom of severe substance use disorder or other mental health disorders, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or paranoid personality disorder. Paranoia can be persistent, highly unpleasant, and even dangerous in these instances. Symptoms of paranoia can seriously disrupt your activities at home, work, or school and negatively impact your social life and relationships.
Atlanta Center for Mental Health is a free-standing, non-hospital-setting residential facility treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and primary mental health diagnoses. Our goal is to transform your life and put you on the path to wellness and recovery. We provide you with a variety of different dual diagnosis treatments, to help you live a better life. Contact us at 833.625.0458 to learn more.
Symptoms of Paranoia
While most people experience some paranoid thoughts from time to time, paranoia disorder is a more persistent state of constant, irrational, and unfounded distrust. Symptoms of paranoia can vary significantly in intensity and can include:
- Mistrust of others
- Feeling disbelieved or misunderstood
- Feeling like a victim
- Feeling persecuted
- Constant stress or anxiety related to paranoid thoughts
- Poor interpersonal relationships
People with paranoia may feel that others are plotting against them, stealing from them, or trying to cause them physical or emotional harm. They may be unable to work with others and can be hostile or detached, leading to isolation.
Treatment for Paranoia
Treatment for paranoia depends on the severity of the symptoms and the underlying cause. Your doctor or psychiatrist may recommend medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of the two.
A physician may prescribe antipsychotic medication, mainly if you have an underlying psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Other medicines used to treat your symptoms include antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety drugs.
Psychotherapy can help people with paranoia develop better coping and communication skills. Therapists can help someone with paranoia “reality test” aspects of their beliefs. Additionally, through therapy, people experiencing paranoia can potentially learn to develop a greater trust for others, learn to manage and express their emotions in more adaptive ways and improve their self-esteem and confidence.
At the Atlanta Center for Mental Health, we take the time to understand each of our client’s unique needs and circumstances. Your paranoia treatment plan might look different than someone else’s because it is personalized for you. Treatment is often supportive when paranoia results from substance abuse until the drug effects wear off. After that, you will be encouraged to participate in dual diagnosis treatment that addresses symptoms of co-occurring disorders.
Contact the Atlanta Center for Mental Health for Paranoia Disorder Treatment
The Atlanta Center for Mental Health is a free-standing, non-hospital-setting residential facility treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and primary mental health diagnoses. Our goal is to help transform your life and put you on the path to wellness and recovery.
Through residential treatment, you can take a step away from the environment and triggers that might be contributing to your poor mental health. Without these distractions, you can focus on your paranoia treatment plan and begin to heal. Our clinicians and counselors apply a carefully planned treatment track rooted in evidence-based therapies.
While at Atlanta Center for Mental Health, our qualified doctors or psychiatric nurse practitioners deliver psychiatric care. We will help you return to a place of peace and allow you to return to your life and start building a brighter future. If you’re looking into residential treatment and how it can help with mental health disorders, find out more about our programs by connecting with our team today.
To help alleviate the symptoms of your mental illness, we provide the following:
- Crisis intervention – When mental illness has made everyday tasks impossible, we provide a safe environment to begin to heal.
- Medication management – Our doctors and psychiatric nurse practitioners will identify the proper medication for you.
- Intensive therapy track – Group and individual counseling to help you learn healthy coping skills.
Contact our team today using our secure online form or calling 833.625.0458.