Paranoia-a dictionary explanation

Paranoia

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Paranoia
Classification and external resources
ICD10 F20.0, F22.0, F22.8
ICD9 295.3, 297.1, 297.2
MeSH D010259
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.[citation needed] In modern colloquial use, the term “paranoia” is sometimes misused to describe a phobia.[citation needed] The general lack of blame in phobia disorders sharply differentiates the two.[citation needed] 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 schizophreni

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