What is the disorder that causes extreme paranoia, is it Schizophrenia?
I read an article a couple months ago about a lady who thought there were microscopic cameras on her body watching her so she bathed in bleach and rubbing alcohol to get them off, and I believe the article said she suffered from Schizophrenia, but that doesnt sound right because I just looked up schizophrenia on wikipedia, and it doesnt sound the same. Is there a more accurate word to describe this kind of paranoia? (I mean there must be, I just dont know what it is!) Thanks.
There is a type of Schizophrenia called Paranoid Schizophrenia. It is actually the most common type of Schizophrenia. People who suffer from this illness often believe that people are spying on them, that there are cameras watching them, people listening in on their conversations, etc. This sounds like classic Paranoid Schizophrenia.
sounds like Schizophrenia to me but it could also be bipolar... are you like that? i can help cuz my mom was bipolar but she 4sure didnt bath in bleach thank God.. lol
While all diagnosises are best left to trained physicians, what you described sounds like a form of schizophrenia or even bipolar behavior; the woman sounds to be suffering from delusions which schizophrenia can cause.
sounds like schzophrenia to me in my experience they are very paranoid that people,government etc. are out to get them. Paranoid delusions are pretty classic symptoms of unmedicated(or medicated) schizo's
A person can be paranoid for several reasons, and not always from schizophrenia.Paranoia can also stem from a psychotic break, delusions, psychosis, PTSD, etc. Paranoia can also be caused by very real fears. Remember, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean someone's not out to get you!
DSM IV-TR Criteria
To be diagnosed with schizophrenia, a person must display:
Characteristic symptoms: Two or more of the following, each present for a significant portion of time during a one-month period (or less, if successfully treated)
-disorganized speech (e.g., frequent derailment or -incoherence; speaking in abstracts).
-grossly disorganized behavior (e.g. dressing inappropriately, crying frequently) or catatonic behavior
-negative symptoms, i.e., affective flattening (lack or decline in emotional response), alogia (lack or decline in speech), or avolition (lack or decline in motivation).
-Note: Only one of these symptoms is required if delusions are bizarre or hallucinations consist of hearing one voice participating in a running commentary of the patient's actions or of hearing two or more voices conversing with each other.
-Social/occupational dysfunction: For a significant portion of the time since the onset of the disturbance, one or more major areas of functioning such as work, interpersonal relations, or self-care, are markedly below the level achieved prior to the onset.
-Duration: Continuous signs of the disturbance persist for at least six months. This six-month period must include at least one month of symptoms (or less, if successfully treated).
Additional criteria are also given that exclude a diagnosis of schizophrenia if symptoms of mood disorder or pervasive developmental disorder are present. Additionally a diagnosis of schizophrenia is excluded if the symptoms are the direct result of a substance (e.g., abuse of a drug, medication) or a general medical condition.
paranoid type: where delusions and hallucinations are present but thought disorder, disorganized behavior, and affective flattening are absent (DSM code 295.3/ICD code F20.0)
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