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Paranoia - March 24th 2018, 08:21 AM

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Iím having lots of issues with paranoia and I want to know if anyone has any advice on how to deal with it. There is only one person who I trust out of my whole school (because Iíve been very good friends with her for years). In Australia, itís starting to get cooler (itís Autumn at the moment) and I HATE it when people wear long sleeves. You never know what people can or are concealing when the wear long sleeves... Me and my friend have like 25 other friends who we can hang out with at break times, but we donít because we both hate people (well, most of them) and I get really paranoid around people. We always sit in the same 3 spots ( depending on where our next class is) alone, and whenever anyone comes and tries to sit with us we just pretend theyíre not there and they go away. I just keep thinking that someone will grab a knife or something out of their bag and try to kill someone... Itís stupid, really, but I canít help it... Whenever I am in a class, before I find a seat to sit in, I always look for the easiest way to escape in case something happens. And Iím always trying to read people to know what theyíre feeling and what that may lead to (and Iím actually quite good at it). I told my Mum about some of this, but she just laughed and said that Iíd been reading too many murder mystery books. Thereís much more stuff, but I donít have time to list all of it...

Does anyone have advice on how to deal with these thoughts/feelings?
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Re: Paranoia - March 24th 2018, 02:16 PM

it is good that you told your mom about this even if she didn't have the best reaction. Do you think you can try telling her again? Perhaps you can let her know that the paranoia is a big part of your life and is getting in the way of your quality of life. Maybe she cant take you to see a doctor or a psychiatrist so you can talk about how you're feeling and begin to work through it.

If your mom still doesn't take you seriously, consider telling someone else like a school counselor or another trusted adult.

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Re: Paranoia - March 25th 2018, 09:11 PM

Sorry to hear that your mom didn't take your concerns seriously.

There can be many reasons for paranoia including going through a traumatic situation and mental health issues. It makes sense that you may find yourself worrying about potentially being attached and where to sit in order to be nearest the exist. I'm not sure if it will help much, but perhaps try to rationalise these thoughts. They aren't stupid, but they aren't helpful either. Perhaps try reminding yourself that even though attacks can happen, they are rare and that in all those times when you have been overly concerned by something that might happen, most often, it did not.

I agree with perhaps telling your mom again and see if you can get help from a doctor, and if not, to seek help for yourself. The paranoia doesn't have to get in the way of your life and you do deserve help!

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