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Paranoia: Know the Signs

By Jennifer B. Buckley

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Aside from confusion and memory loss, common hallmarks associated with Alzheimerís disease, paranoia is systematic of the illness as well. Not only does the condition rear its ugly head in people living with Alzheimerís, but also people with other mental illnesses. Caring for a loved-one who is paranoid can be a trying task. Do you know the signs of paranoia? Being aware of these disturbing signs and reacting correctly can be a caregiverís only defense from their loved-oneís agitated state of mind. Here are some signs of paranoia:

Isolation - people who are paranoid often times do not want to be around other people. It could be they fear someone is out to get them.

Suspicion - they believe people are talking about them or plotting against them. Perhaps even trying to kill them. Even a kind act is considered to have a hidden motive.

Inability to relax - this can cause aggressive behavior because they donít trust others easily. They might think bad things will always happen to them and they may have a poor self-image.

Delusional - a person with paranoia may have feelings of grandeur and believe they have great worth and knowledge. Also, they may believe to be associated with a higher power.


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