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Paranoia: Know the Signs /
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
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.