James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Paranoia

You knew it was a mistake to let her talk you into going to this restaurant. The waiters were looking at you funny as you walked to the table. What's the big deal? So you can't afford the fanciest shoes. You make enough money to eat their food.

Your girlfriend orders the daily special without asking for the price. Doesn't she know by now how these places work? The specials are designed to rip you off. You ask the price, and the waiter glares at you. Now he'll probably go back and piss in your soup. You know you should just get up and leave, but part of you wants to stay so you can yell at him when he comes back.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Paranoia
  • Persecutory Delusions Are Common in Psychotic Illnesses
  • How to Cope with Paranoia

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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