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How To Stop Being Paranoid

Do you struggle with paranoia?

Do you feel paranoid or overly cautious?

Working with a counselor can help you overcome feelings of paranoia while understanding why the paranoia is present. Often paranoia is not just paranoia. It can be seen when a person avoids others, feels on edge, feels overly cautious, doesn’t trust other people, or struggles to see the good in others.

Paranoia can take place when a person engages in drug use, experiences a traumatic or challenging experience, or because of their development.

As an example, a person who is raised in a home where they struggle to build a connection with their parent. During childhood the parent treated the child in a negative manner. The parent lacked providing positive feedback and rarely praised the child. The child would feel that they couldn’t ever quite know how their parent’s mood was going to be. As a child, they would say that each day coming home from school they would feel insecure with how their parent’s mood would be. As an adult, his childhood experiences continued to grow. The experiences shifted the way he thoughts about himself and others.  

As an adult he would find himself repeating past thinking patterns. As an example, he would share that when at work, he never felt stable or good enough. He felt on edge and always with the assumption that he was going to get in trouble or that his work would not be good enough. He would share that with his friends he always felt a struggle. He felt paranoid after a text message or a conversation. Always second-guessing himself. Always thinking and over thinking.

  • When asked the question, do you feel overly cautious? He answered Yes.
  • When asked the question, do you feel paranoid? He said YES.
  • He said that the felt cautious and paranoid because of what happen to him as a child.

In the example above you can notice how the childhood experiences impact the future. Please be mindful that the example I shared with you is only an example. There are other variables that can change the outcome.

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