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  • Paranoia is just one of the many symptons present in the diagnosis of one who potentially is depressed. It is also a sign of one who might have poor self image.
  • not necesarily. That is usually the symptom of another psychiatric problem. i have depression and I don't have paranoia..who's following me..they are talking about me.. LOL..seriously ..I think they would depend on the patient
  • why this question? do you know me? can you see me right now? who are you and what do want from me? seriously, it is a symptom of psychiatric disorders. If you worry about that, meet a doctor. It is maybe a serious problem.
  • It can be, but it is not necessarily a typical symptom of depression. Definition Paranoia is a symptom in which an individual feels as if the world is "out to get" him or her. When people are paranoid, they feel as if others are always talking about them behind their backs. Paranoia causes intense feelings of distrust, and can sometimes lead to overt or covert hostility. Description An individual suffering from paranoia feels suspicious, and has a sense that other people want to do him or her harm. As a result, the paranoid individual changes his or her actions in response to a world that is perceived as personally threatening. Objective observers may be quite clear on the fact that no one's words or actions are actually threatening the paranoid individual. The hallmark of paranoia is a feeling of intense distrust and suspiciousness that is not in response to input from anybody or anything in the paranoid individual's environment. Other symptoms of paranoia may include * Self-referential thinking: The sense that other people in the world (even complete strangers on the street) are always talking about the paranoid individual. * Thought broadcasting: The sense that other people can read the paranoid individual's mind. * Magical thinking: The sense that the paranoid individual can use his or her thoughts to influence other people's thoughts and actions. * Thought withdrawal: The sense that people are stealing the paranoid individual's thoughts. * Thought insertion: The sense that people are putting thoughts into the paranoid individual's mind. * Ideas of reference: The sense that the television and/or radio are specifically addressing the paranoid individual. Causes of paranoia Researchers do not understand fully what chemical or physical changes in the brain cause paranoia. Paranoia is a prominent symptom that occurs in a variety of different mental disorders, as well as a symptom of certain physical diseases. Furthermore, use of certain drugs or chemicals may cause symptoms of paranoia in an otherwise normal individual. Paranoia is often manifested as part of the symptom complex of schizophrenia. In fact, one of the subtypes of schizophrenia is termed "paranoid schizophrenia," which actually refers to a type of schizophrenia in which the individual is particularly preoccupied with delusions in which the world seems to be pitted against him or her. As with other forms of schizophrenia, sufferers often lack contact with reality, and display hallucinations, flat or emotionless affect, and disorganized thinking and behavior. Paranoid personality disorder is diagnosed when an individual does not have other symptoms of schizophrenia, but a personality that is driven by chronic manifestations of paranoia. These individuals are mistrustful, suspicious, and convinced that the world is out to get them. In order for an individual to be diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, he or she must display at least four of the following traits: * chronically suspicious that people are lying or cheating him or her in some way * frequently preoccupied with whether people are loyal or trustworthy * cannot confide in others for fear of being betrayed * misinterprets benign comments or events as being personally threatening * harbors long-term grudges against others who are perceived as having been threatening or insulting in some way * sees others' actions and/or words attacking him or her in some way, and therefore goes on the counterattack * repeatedly assumes that partner or spouse is unfaithful Paranoia can also occur as a symptom of other neurological diseases. Individuals suffering from the aftereffects of strokes, brain injuries, various types of dementia(including Alzheimer's disease), Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease may manifest paranoia as part of their symptom complex. The paranoia may decrease in intensity when the underlying disease is effectively treated, although since many of these diseases are progressive, the paranoia may worsen over time along with the progression of the disease's other symptoms. A number of different medications and drugs can cause paranoia. These include corticosteroid medications, H-2 blockers (cimetidine, ranitidine, famotidine), some muscle relaxants (Baclofen), antiviral/anti-Parkinson drugs (amantadine), some amphetamines(including methylphenidate, or Ritalin), anti-HIV medications, anti-depressants (Nardil). Abused drugs that can prompt paranoia include alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy (MDMA), amphetamines (including Ritalin), LSD, and PCP (angel dust). Withdrawal from addictive drugs may also cause symptoms of paranoia. http://www.minddisorders.com/Ob-Ps/Paranoia.html
  • It certainly can be but also a very strong symptom of anxiety! and various other illnesses.
  • it can be, but can also be a symptom of many other mental illnesses.
  • Either that or you're stoned.
  • Not all depressions come with paranoia.
  • Everyone has a fair amount of paranoia in their lives, it's a natural tool we all posses to keep weariness sharp, so to speak. It keeps us alert, and on our toes, about the things to which we may perceive harm or hazard for our lives. However, if the paranoia shapes your everyday habits and comes to define them, it becomes unhealthy, and may be attributed to severe psychological issues. But I figure depression is apathy, and the chemical "malfunction" in the brain which defines common depression I think is contrary to what causes over excitement like outrageous paranoia, but yeah, someone will have to check that one. :/ It can depend on too many things I have no idea how to pick apart and allocate.
  • Why do you ask?? Seriously, there are some manifestations of depression in which paranoid signs or symptoms are common. Most people with depression are not paranoid. Although, an awful lot of people with depression are asocial, not enjoying hanging around with others ...
  • I can see where a paranoid could become depressed but not necessarily.
  • I would say, if anything, it would be more of a symptom of social anxiety (mild parnioa that is) which can be related to depression. More severe and constant parinoia might mean something else. But as far as I know, Depression usually doesn't come alone (usually has a friend with it, something like parinoia, social anxiety/anti-social personality disorder/schizophrenia/or another pysch issue)
  • I think relatively extreme paranoia may be a CAUSE of depression, not a symptom, necessarily
  • I think it can be. If someone is depressed and not thinking about positive and uplifting things, they could be thinking about negative things instead, even thoughts about themselves and how others think of them. If you are happy and confident, you don't care too much about what others think as long as you are not offending them in some way.
  • I think paranoia is more a symptom of anxiety, I have SAD and I find myself feeling quite paranoid from time to time

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