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Discussion in 'I Have a Question...' started by Things, May 13, 2010.

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  1. Things

    Things Well-Known Member

    Two questions about paranoia.

    Is it possible for it to keep getting worse over time? How do I make it stop?

    I'm paranoid about many, many things. I'm paranoid that I'll die in my sleep, I'm afraid that eating food that has gone bad will kill me, when I get headaches I think something is wrong with my brain and I will (surprise) die. I can't be in the dark, always worried that a shadowy figure will come and get me. Many sounds make me freeze up, including wind, thunder, and flying planes...

    And sometimes, I'll get anxiety attacks for no real reason. :/

    Is there anyway to stop doing this?
  2. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    I'm struggling with managing similar feelings- but it isn't at the stage you describe - it used to be many years ago.

    You sound very very anxious, and paranoia usually happens on top of severe anxiety. Once you deal with anxiety, the ideas that trap and harm you can melt away.

    The encouraging thing is, you KNOW there is an element of irrationality? about what you're experiencing, because you call it paranoia.

    I do this at the moment:
    -the second I get a thought or feeling or idea, that I can immediately read as potentially unmanagable- a 'warning/safety' thing comes into my head it's:
    1. self talk "nope, you're getting these thoughts because a,b,c there might be a truth in it from whatever, but you're too tired to process it now"
    2. self soothing "shhh, it's ok"
    3. visualisation which helped me so much when I was very very unwell many years back. This could include ways of protecting yourself/creating boundaries, and throwing things away from you and creating a distance between whatever is harmful and yourself.
    4. sleep and rest

    Do you see a therapist? They might make your experiences more understandable to yourself, and also give you practical suggestions as to how to deal with what you're going through in the here and now.
  3. lonercarrot

    lonercarrot Well-Known Member

    From some of the things you say it sounds like you're a hypochondriac. Are you afraid of germs as well?
  4. Crue-K

    Crue-K Well-Known Member

    I don't think you are a hypochondriac at all, paranoia can be hugely debilitating and can get worse as time goes on and it is not addressed. Worst case scenario, If left untreated/addressed, your issues could become more severe and your paranoia will get to a stage where you become delusional and eventually lose touch with reality. I think a review of your mental health would be beneficial. I get horrendously paranoid and delusional if I stop taking my meds.
  5. plates

    plates Well-Known Member

    I want to also add, if you're in an unsafe situation in the here and now- that can have a huge effect.
  6. Things

    Things Well-Known Member

    Ggg: I don't have a therapist, though I need one. We just never made the time to get me one is seems. :/

    Thanks for the advice, I'll try the self talking step. When I'm scared, it's more difficult for me to sleep.

    Lonercarrot: Not really. When I eat something someone has already bit into I sometimes think about the germs, but it doesn't stop me from eating. I'm more afraid of mold on aged food (I read a news article about these kids that died from eating bad pancakes. I never really worried about bad food until that). My family thinks I'm a hypochondriac, and I think I might be too.

    grahamd: Where do I get a mental health review?

    Thanks for the replies, everyone. :)
  7. Crue-K

    Crue-K Well-Known Member

    Your first port of call should be your GP, who will make an initial assesment of your mental health, sometimes this is all that is required. However, if your GP feels that the severity/type of issues you are facing need more specialised care, he/she will refer you to the local mental health team. Here you will be given a full psychiatric evaluation and possibly a referral to a psychiatrist. he may seem very long winded, but it is in your interest in the long term.
  8. IV2010

    IV2010 Well-Known Member

    good advice ....I hope you can get the help you need to deal with your problems.....:hug:
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