What is paranoia?

Paranoia is a mental condition that involves intense anxious or fearful feelings and thoughts. These feelings and thoughts usually center on perceived threats and conspiracies. For example, a person suffering from paranoia will feel like someone is always out to “get them.” People with paranoia are often delusional, suspicious and have a hard time trusting others.

Symptoms of paranoia

Symptoms of paranoia may include:

  • Irrational mistrust
  • Difficulty with forgiveness
  • Defensive attitude
  • Preoccupation with hidden motives
  • Fear of being deceived or taken advantage of
  • Unable to relax
  • Argumentative

Causes of paranoia

A breakdown of mental and emotional functions causes paranoia. The reasons for the breakdowns vary greatly from person to person.


Paranoia is usually treated with medication or behavioral therapy.

See All Treatments

Symptoms and Screenings for Paranoia

Back to Overview

Causes and Preventions for Paranoia

Back to Overview

Education and Resources for Paranoia

Back to Overview

Support groups for Paranoia

Back to Overview

Learn More about Paranoia

Vidant Health can connect you to health care professionals to help you understand your condition and guide you through the treatment process. Let’s chat.

español »