• 15 days ago

    Paranoia? Help please.

    I'm a 21 year old female. I've had various mental and physical health issues that are getting rapidly worse. I believe that I have Paranoia, and that it's been developing for many, many years now. It's gotten to the point that it's taking over my life. I have good days and bad days. I have been diagnosed with Generalized Mood Disorder, which includes anxiety and I believe 3 different types of depression, I've had A.D.D. since I was 6, anorexia when I was 17 which is starting to come back, I have a severe fear of snakes, which plays a MAJOR part in the Paranoia.
    My therapist/ psychiatrist have not diagnosed me with Paranoia, but I have signs of it. I don't know what to do. It effects every aspect of my life, but when I'm at work, I don't have it as bad as I do at home. I'm on multiple medications now 3 of which are for my ADD, but also combine in the use for sleep and for my mood. I just don't know what to do anymore. It's to the point that I can't be alone without thinking a snake is going to attack me, which I know it won't happen, but I can't control it.. anyone know of any meds that can help?

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  • 14 days ago

    RE: Paranoia? Help please.

    Hi, you said that your therapist/Psychiatrist have not diagnosed you with paranoia...first, do you mean both your therapist and your Psychiatrist (2 professionals) or do you mean Psychiatrist, but whom you also see as your therapist?

    Ok, so one of both of them have not diagnosed you as such, but do you still share with them your concerns about it as much and I'm sure much more than what you have shared here?

    Having an official diagnosis or not does not change the facts of what you are experiencing; so I wouldn't get hung up on the diagnosis, but absolutely share your concerns about your behaviors and your thinking patterns that induce and/or trigger paranoid feelings and/or behaviors. That is what needs to be addressed in therapy, not whether or not you have a diagnosis of Paranoia, you know?

    If you are not seeing a Therapist (a majority of the times, Psychiatrists don't do therapy - but their specialty is in diagnosis and psychiatric medications) For that reason, if you are not already, I would find a therapist who has experience in your main issues so that you can really work through them with the goal of getting to a point where it no longer affects your life in a negative, debilitating way. Facilitating that sort of thing is what therapists do best (some are better than others, of course)

    Medication is not what you need to address your issues; they will just mask the problem. You need therapy to learn new coping skills and how to change your thinking, which in turn, changes your feelings and behaviors.

    Bottom line - find a good therapist with experience and expertise in your areas of difficulty (mentally), and one that you like and connect with. You don't have to stay with the first one you try if you don't like him/her or you don't feel your issues are being adequately addressed. Find someone you can work with.

    It will and can get better if you choose to work hard with a therapist, and hard though it sometimes can be, determine to make the changes in your life that you need. It won't happen overnight, but your hard work, persistence, honesty with yourself and your therapist will eventually produce good things in your life! :)

    There is always hope!

    Debbie
      • 14 days ago
        : thank you Debbie:) so I had a psychiatrist, but he transferred me to my therapist. I believe she is certified as a psychiatrist as well. I have a lot of concerns about the medications that I am taking. I was checking interactions and when I entered the three that are for my ADD/Mood/sleep, they aren't supposed to be taken together. The combination of them are great and help with concentration, but not so much of my other mental health. Wellbutrin XL, Focalin XR, and Intuniv XR. I was checking if they would interact with a new medication that I want to take for my Psoriatic arthritis, which they don't, but definitely interact with each other.
  • 13 days ago

    RE: Paranoia? Help please.

    Have you ever thought about speaking with a clinical licensed social worker who has very good reviews? Psychiatrists have their place, but ive found social workers (as long as theyre good at what they do) are more personal and get to the underlying issues rather than just throwing meds around.
  • 12 days ago

    RE: Paranoia? Help please.

    My wife had Paranoid feelings, she had the sense that other people are out to get her, or are not to be trusted in any respect, are deeply distressing. They made her feel ,anxious and insecure, and she always felt like she had to watch her back. It's uncomfortable to feel like this even when there is good cause. But it's even more frightening when you realize, that your fears and suspicion are - in reality - unfounded. She is doing better now thanks to Harmony Counseling, they are Christian based but opened to all counseling center, whatever your background may be, We are Greek Orthodox, and the counseling focused on my wife's situation, not her beliefs in faith. and today, she is at peace and feeling balanced. here is there website,they are based in Orlando, Fl, but they mostly do there work from webcam, take a look at there website, they take the time to speak with you. and they consult for free. I hope this helps you
    https://forresttherapy.wixsite.com/harmony