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Paranoid?

My close friends say I’m being paranoid, while another says its a mild form of schizophrenia.

It kind if just started happening when I moved to Canada about two years ago. I’m always caught up on things like:
-People watching me through my living room window (there’s a big window that faces the neighborhood) and they watch my actions through that window.
-I’m always thinking about other people if they are talking about me behind my back
-I walk down the street scanning the area around me multiple times (sudden noises makes me jump)
-I think my the “vitamins” I drink are secretly anti-depressants (my mom never keeps the box, so I can never check)

It really never affected me that much until now, where my friends started saying that I was being schizophrenic about it and/or paranoid. Now another friend of mime says that she has been through the exact same scenarios as me and that her diagnosis was a mild form of schizophrenia. I just want to know whether or not my case is something to be worried about. What can I do to stop these intrusive thoughts and behaviors?

Paranoid?

A.

Your friends obviously care about you, and I’m glad that you have taken the time to write us here. It sounds to me like it would be a good idea for you to talk to someone who has experience in these matters. I would ask your mom to make an appointment with a therapist, your family doctor, or a psychiatrist so that you could talk to someone about these feelings. There can be a variety of different reasons why you’re feeling this way, but the best thing to do is to have it checked out by a professional.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Paranoid?

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2014). Paranoid?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/03/19/paranoid/

 

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