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What does paranoia mean?
Paranoia is a mental disorder characterized by delusions and feelings of extreme distrust, suspicion, and being targeted by others.
Paranoia is also commonly used more generally to mean extreme suspicion or irrational distrust of others. It’s important to understand that while paranoia is used generally outside of its psychiatric usage in a way that makes it seem less serious, having paranoia is a major symptom of disorders like paranoid schizophrenia and paranoid personality disorder.
The adjective paranoid can be used to describe a person, action, or thought that exhibits paranoia.
A rare alternate spelling for the word is paranoea.
Example: Locking my doors at night isn’t a sign of paranoia—it just means I’m being cautious.
Where does paranoia come from?
The first records of the word paranoia used in a general way come from around the 1950s, but its use in the context of psychology is recorded much earlier. It derives from the Greek paránoia, meaning “madness.” Paranoia is formed from para-, meaning “abnormal” or “defective,” and nous, meaning “mind.”
Most people understand the concept of what it means for a person to have paranoia: their fear is heightened, they sense danger everywhere, and they feel like everyone is conspiring against them. While most people may have had similar feelings at one time or another, people who have been diagnosed with paranoia, such as paranoid personality disorder and paranoid schizophrenia, experience them to an extreme degree, sometimes in the form of delusions. Such delusions often focus on what’s perceived as constant persecution from others. Still, both paranoia and paranoid are very commonly used in a more general way that is usually negative.
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What are some other forms related to paranoia?
- paranoea (rare alternate spelling)
- paranoid (adjective)
- paranoiac (noun, adjective)
- paranoeac (noun, adjective)
What are some words that share a root or word element with paranoia?
What are some words that often get used in discussing paranoia?
How is paranoia used in real life?
Paranoia is a formal psychiatric term, but it is commonly used in a more general or casual way.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Just because you can not see the sickness doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Anxiety, depression, paranoia they all exist.
Having suffered myself with depression I can relate to the people who suffer with it. 🙌🏼❤#depression
— Shaz Malik (@shaz_Insafiyan) June 14, 2020
When you're not sure whether you're paranoid* that someone doesn't want to be friends anymore or whether they don't don't want to be friends for real.
Fight the mental health stigma: talk.
*I was diagnosed with paranoia. Not being ableist. My term.
— Mia Siegert – tell me to sign out & finish my book (@MiaSiegert) January 15, 2019
i try my best not to live in fear, but man… there’s an eerie type of paranoia that comes from being both Black & a woman.
— things are getting weird. (@yagirlaley) June 15, 2020
Example sentences from the Web for paranoia
What's new, in a state that has employed all-mail voting since 2014, is paranoia about the count and results.
That anxiety runs deep, even if the historical data doesn’t quite back up the paranoia.This year’s ‘October surprise’ could impact your portfolio for years to come|Bernhard Warner|October 11, 2020|Fortune
Ghost tours capitalize on this hereditary paranoia by forcing the mind to wrestle with ambiguity.
The Red Scare injected paranoia into American culture, inducing a paralyzing dread at the prospect of Communist infiltration.
Following a Joe Rogan podcast appearance a few years back where McInnes talked of the Proud Boys as a gang and dropped the above “I want violence” line, there were dark murmurings and paranoia that the group had started to appear on the FBI’s radar.
Against this paranoia of recent history, Frank takes the long view that all disasters and destruction are natural.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe|Tom LeClair|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those who dream of a post-partisan future should note that paranoia has a habit of erasing traditional political boundaries.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid?|Michael Moynihan|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That, in the absence of an explanation as to why, paranoia takes over.
As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ Pot Billboard Using My Image, Will Use It for Christmas Card|Abby Haglage|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As fears of the virus hitting Europe intensify, health officials warn that paranoia and racial profiling may grow, as well.
Two well known neurologists declared that he was a victim of paranoia and must soon be confined in an asylum.Possessed|Cleveland Moffett
Its evil potency is greatly enhanced by the facility with which it weds alcoholism, and breeds tuberculosis, cancer, and paranoia.Defenseless America|Hudson Maxim
Paranoia, at least in its severer forms, completely justifies the plea of irresponsibility for actions committed.
The paranoia may not always follow the course mapped out for it.
In other words, these propaganda ideas serve much the same end as do the similar delusions of persecution in paranoia.The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin