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TOPIC TITLE: Functioning In The World With Paranoia
Created On 5/5/06 11:20 AM
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5/5/06 11:20 AM
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Dear Dr. Prize:

As you know, it is always a pleasure getting in touch with you, as is receiving your valuable responses.

In my native country – Argentina – I remember some people somehow associating paranoia with schizophrenia. Would such association be accurate in any way?

Is someone who suffers from paranoia likely to get any cure for it? Assuming he or she is, what kind of treatment would you believe is most appropriate? Is it quite typical for paranoiacs to be reluctant to see a doctor? Is it usually hard to them to admit that they have a personality disorder? Is a paranoid woman who has children prone to transmit her problem to them? Would the children of such a woman be likely to take after her?

Looking forward to hearing form you.




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5/7/06 4:00 PM
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Paranoia does not neccessarily mean Schizophrenia although many with Schizophrenia suffer from paranoia. There is a continuum with paranoia ranging from one discrete paranoid delusion while otherwise normal, paranoid personality with general suspiciousness, transient paranoia in association with a mood episode up to full Schizophrenia accompanied perhaps by hallucinations. A diagnostic evaluation with a mental health professional is needed to sort this out and determine the corresponding level of risk to offspring. Help is certainly available in terms of cognitive therapy and/or antipsychotic medication for these individuals. Paranoid people may be reluctant to seek treatment. A supportive position accompanied by family members or friends is helpful.

Rabbi Price, M.D.

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