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Explains paranoia, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself, and guidance for friends and family.
If you are experiencing paranoid thoughts – or think that you might be – there are things you can do to help yourself cope. You may choose to try them on their own or alongside treatment.
You may find it helpful to keep a diary recording, for example:
You could do this in a notebook or use an app or online tool like MoodPanda. You might find it helpful to give the thoughts a number from 1–10 to show how strongly you believe them and how distressing you find them.
This may help you:
Once you have a better understanding of your triggers, you can try to take steps to avoid them.
Asking yourself these questions can help you work out whether your suspicious thoughts are paranoid or justified.
"I've found it becomes easier and less straining on yourself once you share your thoughts with someone else."
This information was published in November 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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