Until recently I never really considered myself to be paranoid, but while discussing a possibility of having early signs of Schizophrenia I'm not so sure. I used to just think it was a silly fear that I had from watching too many movies... I have a terrible fear of someone coming into the bathroom while I am showering, or even opening my eyes from washing hair or something and seeing a face in front of me. I always open the curtain and check the room several times while showering and even leave the curtain open sometimes because I'm so afraid. I refuse to shower when I am home alone. I also will not look out uncovered windows at night because I am so sure I am going to see someone looking into the window from outside. I fear taking my dog out to the bathroom at night because I feel like someone is watching me... I also always feel like I need to be intune to what is going on in my surroundings. I will never put both headphones on my ears because I fear someone is going to sneak up behind me and hurt me. If I do hear a noise I always assume the worst and become on edge for the rest of the time I am alone. I can feel when someone enters a room, my hair on the back of my neck stands up. I can hear things in my surroundings that others cannot hear (for example, I heard music and my husband could not hear it). What is the difference between paranoia and just being afraid? I've always been a jumpy person, always listened for anybody behind me and afraid someone is coming to hurt me. Is this just fear? Any help would be appreciated.