Friday, June 1, 2012

Had one of those Paranoia moments - obsessive thoughts, fear, worry, anxiety



Had one of those paranoia moments today, I experienced obsessive thoughts, crippling fear and excessive worry. I really don’t want to get into what the paranoia and thoughts were about but, I do want to say that they are very difficult to deal with, they can make me feel almost debilitated and by the time the symptoms subside, I am totally wiped out. Luckily, I do not have them often, one is enough, even if they are far and in between.  

I did a bit of research on the symptoms to see if there was a specific diagnosis for it. However, my condition and symptoms do not match what I came up with on the internet. Read here for one of the diagnosis, which I don’t fit the criteria for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoid_Personality_Disorder.
I would say some of these are more like the symptoms I have. Here I highlighted the ones I experience: Paranoia - paranoid is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself. (e.g. "Everyone is out to get me.") Making false accusations and the general distrust of others also frequently accompany paranoia, For example, an incident most people would view as an accident or coincidence, a paranoid person might believe was intentional. However, just because an individual is paranoid does not necessarily mean his or her suspicions are false, as noted in Catch-22: "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you."
Historically, this characterization was used to describe any delusional state. In modern colloquial use, the term "paranoia" is sometimes misused to describe a phobia. The general lack of blame in phobia disorders sharply differentiates the two. In other words, fearing that something bad or harmful might happen does not in itself imply paranoia. Rather, with paranoia there is an irrational fear of malice by others (excepting rare cases of schizophrenia). Source-Wikipedia
In the past, when they were frequent I would arrange more sessions with my therapist and that seemed to help. Also, prayer, meditation, reaching out to a friend or relative, as well as redirecting my thoughts to a positive activity would help minimize the feelings associated with the paranoia. Blogging is another form of relief for me, which is one of the reasons I am sharing this with my readers today. If you experience any of the paranoia symptoms described, please feel free to share your thoughts and any tips on what you do to help ease the symptoms. 

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