Why Am I So Paranoid And What Can I Do To Feel Better?
Are you constantly wondering, "Why am I so paranoid?".
If you find yourself suffering from a constant feeling of paranoia that you can't shake, it could be caused by several things. Sleep deprivation, anxiety, and stress can cause feelings of paranoia, as well as schizophrenia, drug use, and memory loss.
If you are always paranoid and it is significantly impacting your life and your relationships, you could also have Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD). However, many people with personality disorders never seek treatment, because they are unable to see that their symptoms are the source of many of the problems that they face.
PPD is more common in men than in women, and onset generally occurs in early adulthood. Psychological and environmental factors like childhood trauma can impact a person's development of PPD later in life. PPD is linked to schizophrenia, suggesting that biological factors are also at play in its development.
- Deep mistrust towards others
- Tendency to hold grudges, not forgiving
- Often feel like they are being attacked by others
- Hostile and argumentative
- Can be controlling and jealous in relationships
- Always on edge
Why Am I So Paranoid?
As you can see, there are many reasons that you might be feeling paranoid. Some, like lack of sleep and stress, might be either temporary or chronic problems. Visiting a doctor can help you rule out certain causes for your paranoia.
How Can I Feel Better?
Depending on the reason for your paranoia, the treatments may be different. Getting rid of your paranoia might mean first dealing with problems like insomnia or anxiety. Medication could be prescribed to deal with those underlying problems before seeing a reduction in paranoia.
When it comes to paranoid personality disorder, things can be a little bit tricky because many patients deny that they have a problem and their paranoia is so bad, many of them won't take medication or follow a treatment program.
Counselling can help patients deal with their paranoia without medication by working to identify faulty thought patterns and change them. Services like BetterHelp that let individuals speak with a counsellor online on their computer or mobile devices are a great way for people suffering from long-term paranoia to get the support of someone who understands what they are going through.
BetterHelp matches you with licensed professional who is well-equipped to help with your individual struggles. You can communicate with a counsellor via chat, phone, or video and if you don't like the counsellor you are matched with, you can easily request a new one.
Paranoia may be a hard thing to overcome, especially if you have been operating from a place of mistrust and fear for a long time. If you are capable of recognizing that you need help and can acknowledge that your paranoia is deeply affecting your daily life, you have reached an important first step.