I feel paranoid

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

i feel paranoid, am like a prisoner at home, i always think that people are looking at me or talking , laughing at me whenever am walking down the street or just simply being anywhere
i cant walk properly because i think people are laughing abt the way i walk, i cant just be normal, i cant do anything in my life without assuming that people are saying or doing something against me, i feel depressed lonely because i have a limited amount of friends, i barely go out of the house!, i just dont know what to do

A: Although I’m sure this feels terrible, I’m not convinced that what you are experiencing is paranoia. What you are reporting are the thoughts and feelings of someone who has a social anxiety disorder. This is highly treatable by a mental health counselor. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with the resources available in your country. If you can get some counseling, please do so. If not, you might find it helpful to read up on social anxiety disorder and to join an online support group. Other people who have learned how to manage this type of anxiety can give you practical ideas and emotional support for overcoming your fears.

Please also see your medical doctor. There are a number of medical conditions that can cause or contribute to anxiety. You want to be sure that you are physically healthy before attributing your difficulties solely to a psychological problem.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 26 Dec 2010

APA Reference
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2010). I feel paranoid. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 27, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2010/12/26/i-feel-paranoid/

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