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Paranoia: Know the Signs

By Jennifer B. Buckley

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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 guiltier.
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 better.

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.

 

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