- Aug 20, 2021
Hi, I've been wondering for some time whether paranoia alone could be schizophrenia? I don't hear voices or see things which seem to be part of the criteria as well. I do sometimes smell something that is not there but it's not all the time, it tends to last a few months at a time. I also have a lack of motivation a lot of the time for the past couple of years but there are periods when I'm a bit more alert. I have a lot of anxiety most of my life and it's obviously not nice to feel like I'm being watched. I feel like I don't fit into any usual categories of mental disorders so I don't know how to view it. I don't really want to tell a mental health professional in case I'm officially labelled as paranoid and then never believed. I don't feel I'm interesting or anything and I don't have anything to hide so I don't know why I get this. Sometimes I've literally taped over the camera on my phone and drawn the curtains when I once thought someone from an organisation was checking up on me. It tends to wax and wane in severity. Thanks for reading.