Treatment For Paranoia Can Be Difficult
If you are a doctor charged with treatment for paranoia in an individual, one of the first challenges to going to be to attempt to overcome the patient's distrust or suspicion of you. The paranoid person usually believes that everyone is out to get him or her in one way or another, and you, as that person's physician or psychiatrist, are no exception.
Before treatment for paranoia can commence, the disorder first needs to be correctly diagnosed, which is either done through interviewing the affected person or interviewing friends or family who can describe the person's behavior.
Someone who is paranoid is chronically suspicious that others are out to take advantage of him or her, that they are lying or cheating, cannot be trusted, or may not be loyal. One suffering from paranoia often misinterprets totally innocent statements or happening as insulting or threatening, and will often hold a grudge against anyone who may have made a comment, or done something the paranoid interprets as being personally harmful. The paranoid person often feels compelled to take action against someone who is perceived to have attacked him or her, that person often being a spouse whom the paranoid is often convinced is unfaithful.
Delusional People - The treatment for paranoia requires dealing with a person who is under a permanent delusion that things are not always going well but he or she is unable or unwilling got acknowledge his or her own faults, while at the same time expending little in the way of effort or energy to try and make things right, or at least better. The paranoid person may have delusions of grandeur, have a persecution complex, become a hypochondriac, a religious fanatic or healer, or a combination of the above. Most individuals who are paranoid will act superior, but in truth, almost always suffer from an inferiority complex.
Treatment For Paranoia - Treatment for paranoia can be difficult as any two cases are seldom alike, though there are usually similarities. Paranoid patients generally do not respond quickly to psychoanalytic treatment, partially because they either do not recognize there disorder, or are in denial, and partially because they are suspicious of their doctor, as was mentioned earlier. It does happen that certain medications can contribute to paranoia. When this is the case, treatment usually consists of stopping use of such medications or finding substitutes. For some paranoid individuals, this is all that is required. In cases where paranoia is linked to another disease or disorder, treatment of the underlying disease at times effectively reduces or eliminates the symptoms of the paranoia.
There are several anti-psychotic medications that can be effective, the main challenge often being to convince the patient to take them. Finally, establishing a support network for the paranoid individual, while at the same time providing psychotherapy or behavioral therapy, can be very helpful in dealing with this disorder.
Summary – Treatment for paranoia is unlike treatment for most other disorders in that it is more often than not a challenge to convince the paranoid person that an abnormal mental condition exists and treatment is indeed needed. Until that can be accomplished, it will be very difficult to get inside the mind of the affected person, who would most probably view such an approach as an attempt at mind control, and resist it with all of his or her might. Once the patient is convinced that treatment will be helpful and not a harmful or a threat, progress can sometimes be made, though it is often slow. Prognosis for a patient is always difficult to forecast. In some instances the patient will respond positively to treatment, in other cases, treatment for paranoia may be helpful, but the patient will have the disorder to some degree for life. In some instances attempts at treatment only makes matters worse.