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Paranoia: Know the Signs /
Now that you know some of the signs of
paranoia, here is how to react if your loved-one is
exhibiting such thoughts and behaviors:
DO NOT ever tell the person he or she is acting
paranoid. This will agitate your loved-one even more.
If your loved-one fears someone is plotting against
them, try relaxing them. Show signs of sympathy. Ask
your loved-one to explain why they feel that way.
If your loved-one believes something has been stolen
from them, help them look for it.
Try to change the subject if your care-recipient
believes you are trying to harm or hurt them. If you
defend yourself, they will most likely think you are
If you have visitors to your home, speak to them about
your loved-oneís condition. Warn the visitor not to
overreact to false claims against them.
Attempt to avoid crowds because a person who is paranoid
can become very unsettled. The calmer the situation, the
If you truly believe your care-recipient suffers from
paranoia, speak to their doctor. There are medications
that may be able to help control the erratic thoughts
and behaviors of your loved-one.