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Paranoia when stressed/anxious

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Stallone91

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Not sure if this is the correct forum to put this under. At times particularly when I'm stressed or anxious or sometimes out of the blue, I feel like people are watching me and reading my thoughts. Like people know things about me and will use this information to hurt me and are planning to harm me somehow. This usually happens when I'm in public and there's lots of people around. I've left stores or avoided going out because of being afraid.

I have a diagnosis of depression and anxiety but am not sure if that covers everything. I've had these thoughts and feelings since I was a teenager and they have come and gone for years since.
 
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Hi
I get feelings that I'm being watched too, very self conscious and this upsets me, I have read its anxiety based, social phobia type thing,
I'm sorry you get this too, its horrible,
People think your odd because of it, I had problems at school with it
 
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I think this is just a symptom of anxiety not necessarily Schizophrenia?
I dont have the latter I do have D&A and if the stress ramps up the anxiety I can get a bit para and think things. Is it being alert gone mad. I think it might be.
Have you asked your doc?
 
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This is what I was going to urgently recommend, that you make a GP home visit booking as you are afraid to be out and about, they can maybe accomodate that. ANd make a referral, I can't tell whether if you are in the UK, or in the USA, if UK, then, the doctor would be able to refer on to the community mental h ealth team, and or contact the Crisis Team, and they can then point you forward in the right direction.


Also, try listening to music, maybe when out and about, certainly at home listen to music more, that might help to feel more lifted regarding being afraiid and stress also, plus anxiety.


Try working out on a regular basis, whether if you phyiscally well, and not of elderly age, if you are young to middle age range, exercising is absolutley fine, you need to take part in a physical activity and aerobically work ha rder, slightly, for 30 minutes, maybe slighty more minutes, and do this repeatedly for 3 or 4 t imes, a week. Try Tai Chi, that can also help for getting to become calmer and less stressed, and less anxious, however, please visit GP/Doct or, for advise, on conditions/problems, and medication if at all required for paranoia, and anxiety, I shan't delve now into medication.aspects, the GP will advise you, and also, we at MHF, cannot diagnose you. You need to seek medical mental health attention, either through yoru GP, or mental healht team.

However, it's great that you have reached to us, welcome aboard, here at Mental Health Forums.


Nice to meet you, please seek assistance for your mental healht - do you live with parents, any siblings you can relate to, so that they might be aware and then seek help for you.?


Best Wishes.
 
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Stallone91

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Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, I live in the US where Healthcare is super expensive and I live in a rural area where there aren't many mental health resources. I don't have insurance so I can't afford to see a doctor. When I had insurance I was taking Abilify which helped but had to stop taking it when I ran out and could no longer afford to see a doctor. Can't afford to see a therapist either. As it is I owe my old therapist $1000 which I can't pay back right now as the therapist didn't take insurance or have a sliding scale fee.
 
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Hi,

That's ridicoulous, there ought to be some help for you support help, there ought to be somebody to help you out on the money front, I do now understand that you are in the US, do you i'm not sure, have a Benefits for money payments out there, because I feel, that is what you need, and so that eventually, and time is a healer, you'd be able to pay off the $1000, which i understand is an annoying amount for you to have to pay off back. I think, somebody who deals with money payments for Benefits, for the mentally ill, via in the US is the postivie best way forward.


I do know that health care can be pretty hefty (expensive) in the States, I have cousin, whom originally were in New Jersey, and now live in LA, and she has had physical health problems including th back, I don't know, that she claimed insurance, though.


Also, my father had a problem, when we out on vacation, and he paid for the medical and medicines, to have, and he had to then claim back, back at home. I nearly forgot about this one.


Take care now, welcome aboard to MHF.
 
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Really sorry Stallone of your predicament. Can you access online therapy? or charity based therapy?It will take some looking into. How about asking at community or welfare centres, or religious organisations (theres a few here like that)I mean its not maybe as intensive but its some help. If you go back and do a search on here you might find lots of others that have asked the same. Keep talking to us here too. I wish I could help more x
 
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Could be anxiety but excessive stress and anxiety can cause psychosis, as well as insomnia and drugs and stuff. Have you tried a med for anxiety? It could help you to try one out
 
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Could be anxiety but excessive stress and anxiety can cause psychosis, as well as insomnia and drugs and stuff. Have you tried a med for anxiety? It could help you to try one out
I've been on Klonopin and Ativan before. Neither of them did anything to help my anxiety.
 
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Hi, Stallone91,

If they hadn't worked, now I know you're in USA, and I don't know if it exist in USA, you could try researching and asking your doctor, for, Pregabalin, this is a marvellous anxiety drug, and I take a high dose now, for my levels of certain anxieties.
 
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I'm diagnosed with schizophrenia but suffer from what you're expoeriencing constanly, I find music helps, ear muffs and being in the dark. When I'm in public I feel people are targetting me, saying things so I just send thoughts back at them like "you don't know me" and just act normal.
Just when I feel people reading my mind, watching me etc I try and be polite at the end of the day it's rare circumstances when anything leads to anything where I am so I just dont engage. Hope that helps.
 
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ht46

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But those weren't the reasons for my diagnoses I has and have other symptoms it could be anxiety.
 
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