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Paranoia

Blackrat

Blackrat

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I don't know if this is the right place for this thread or not (feel free to move it if there's a better place...)
But my main problem at the moment is my paranoia.
-When people walk past the house, I'm always scared that they're trying to look inside, like they're watching me.
-Talking to people online (especially people I don't know) I often think that I'm talking to someone else pretending to be the person I think they are.
-When I'm on the phone, I have to listen really carefully because I always think it's someone other than the person I think I'm talking to.
-I don't like talking to the doctor because I'm not sure who she might tell (I know she's not "allowed" to tell anyone, but still...) or that people waiting outside are listening to me.
-I didn't get on well with my Dad, even when he died a few years ago. Sometimes I think he didn't really die - it's just what the family told me and that he waits around the house for me.


it goes on and on.
I really don't know how to explain all this to my doctor - I just don't think she'll take me seriously. It just all sounds so stupid when I try to explain it. But it keeps me awake at night and I get physically sick from worry about these things that might not even exist.

Any suggestions?
 
ms_P

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Hi Blackrat,
Why don't you print out your above post and give it to your doctor? They can be more understanding than you think. ;)
 
Eleison

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Paranoia is a serious and difficult state of mind. I experience it too, in similar ways, and therapy relieves it a lot for me.
 
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jamesdean

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Paranoia is such a horriable thing to have to deal with its very frightening
 
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Kimbery33

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Help with paranoia

With paranoia, it is tricky to convince yourself that no one really thinks you are so important they would care enough to watch you or come after you or whatever. Everyone is FAR more interested in themselves, believe me!

But this book might help you. It is by an author who is paranoid schizophrenic and he talks about how he copes with his condition:



Reuters Reports on new book by well known Australian author with schizophrenia:

"Australian author Will Elliott got tired of telling people that his first novel, about a schizophrenic clown, was not autobiographical, so he wrote about what it's really like to deal with the illness in a memoir.

Filled with dark humour and honest insights, "Strange Places" details the 30-year-old's journey through the drugs, delusions and insights that psychosis, and recovery, bring. The book was published in May.

Elliott, who has won several awards for his fiction, had to drop out of law school at the age of 20 after being diagnosed with schizophrenia.

He wrote his critically acclaimed debut novel, "The Pilo Family Circus," which was published in Australia in 2006, while recovering from a psychotic episode.

Elliott says he hopes his memoir will help people newly diagnosed with schizophrenia and those who care for mentally ill patients. He spoke to Reuters recently about why writing is a form of therapy."

Read the full story here:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/entertainmentNews/idUKTRE5520YZ20090603

Will Elliott's Home page: http://www.will-elliott.org/

More stories on Will Elliott's new book and his background:

An audio interview:
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lifematters/stories/2009/2574654.htm

Where you can buy the book:
http://www.booktopia.com.au/strange-places-a-memoir-of-mental-illness/prod9780733323522.html

More about Will Elliot on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Elliott
 
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