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Anxiety / Paranoia

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Robbert

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I've had a bad time over the last few days.

Am finding it very difficult to leave the house.

Whenever I do I feel as if I'm being constantly watched, as if every movement I make is being looked at. It makes just going to the shops impossible. I am having panic attacks as well, but my main problem is this feeling of being watched.

Is this just anxiety? Because I'm taking anti-anxiety medication and it's making no difference. Can anxiety become paranoia? Where does the line lie?

Any opinions, views, advice..would be great. thanks.
 
PaintingInAir

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I think anxiety and paranoid is kind of a chicken or egg scenario. Anxiety tends to exasperate any symptoms, which could lead to paranoid, and a feeling of being constantly watched could certainly cause anxiety.

For the medication: if you started the medication recently then remember that meds can take a long time to kick in, and if after a long time you still don't think they're working then you could ask the doc to increase the dose.

The only advice that I can think of is to try being accompanied by a trusted friend when you go out, if you have one available at the time. Other than that I would recommend that you don't keep yourself housebound all the time, even if there is great paranoia when you go out. Isolating yourself can cause a vicious cycle that would likely make your situation much worse in the long run. If going to shops is too much then you may just try going for a short walk; anything to keep yourself from being completely housebound.
 
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Robbert

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Thankyou paintinginair, I tried going for a walk earlier, but found it too much. It was OK until I saw people, just across the street from me, then I freaked out. So I've been in bed most of the day. I'm finding it difficult. I know I'm not doing things to help myself. I know I'm drinking too much. And I know all my thoughts are rediculous..but I can't seem to help myself however hard I try. I spoke to my care team earlier, who said I might need a med review..what else can they do though? Change my meds? More side effects? I do want to take something that works, but all the other drugs i've taken i've had no success with, only horrendous side effects.

thankyou for your reply.
 
PaintingInAir

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The fact that you made it outside at all is actually a good sign, even if you couldn't stay out for long.

I don't have much experience with drinking myself, but I do know that drinking and mental illness is generally not a good mix.

I also know what you mean when you say that you can't help your ridiculous thoughts. I feel sometimes that delusions are almost on another level of thought, separate from those that you can control. I wouldn't feel bad about not being able to stop delusional thought; if it was that easy to stop it wouldn't be delusional...

I'm also not a huge fan of meds myself, but I understand that they are necessary and helpful at times. What to do with them should really be your decision in the end.
 
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Hey Robbert

Instead of just saying med review, could someone from the MH team go out with you, and talk to you when the thoughts appear?
 
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Robbert

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watched by who?
People, Everyone, CCTV, Police Cars, Buses etc.etc.

I don't feel like this right now. I just feel shit.

Calypso - I've got a new social worker who is helping me work through things.
 
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Have you been diagnosed for any MI? I ask because if you have not then i would suggest you go and see your doctor who will help find out what is wrong i understand you have been diagnosed with anxiety but if you are now getting paranoia symptoms you need to get help.
I have serve paranoia and it is bad the feeling of being watching,,laughed at,talked about and people out to get you is terrible and needs treatment
 
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Robbert

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Have you been diagnosed for any MI? I ask because if you have not then i would suggest you go and see your doctor who will help find out what is wrong i understand you have been diagnosed with anxiety but if you are now getting paranoia symptoms you need to get help.
I have serve paranoia and it is bad the feeling of being watching,,laughed at,talked about and people out to get you is terrible and needs treatment
I've been diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder.

I take a high dose of anti-psychotic..and the paranoia is still there.

What else can I do?

I'm finding life very difficult at the moment. I really feel like there aren't any good options for me. Maybe I'm depressed? I don't know.
 
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