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Paranoia.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 26, 2007
  • 07:49 AM

Hey I have been to my doctors many times and he has sent me to counselling but I didn't go, because i think they would laugh at me. The reason I am paranoid is because I live in a rough area and about 2 years ago I got on the wrong side of the local gang. Everytime they see me they start running there mouths, I hardly go out and when i do go out its basically like a race I'm always on my bike with gloves on my hood up and a hat underneath so I'm basically covered from head to toe because I don't want to be seen, and if i do go out its usually very late at night even then I think someone is following me. I do not like it when people i don't know come in my house for example a delivery man I don't the curtains to be open because I think people are watching me, I am sometimes very obsessive with the likes of hygiene and only cook my own food. And as you guessed I do smoke cannabis but i can say thats not the cause because I've only just started. I have never admitted to anyone that I'm this bad obviously i know some of this sounds stupid but its the way i honestly feel any advice would be appreciated. Peace

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  • :eek: wow...you were with a gang for awhile, then i think you're justified to feel paraniod. i would too! i dont think it's some "issue" that needs treatment though, though it's sometimes nice to have someone to "talk to" & they could be used for that. but i'm saying i dont think anything's wrong with you- it's just a NATURAL REACTION to what you've been through. the doctor said he suggested counseling? funny- i disagree. about the bad neighborhood thing--i live in a bad neighborhood too & i've had to used to "looking over my back" all the time--i think it's part of the reality of living in a bad area! this doesn't make you crazy either, just NORMAL to be cautious considering where you live--I AM TOO--i dont trust strangers who come either & keep my curtains shut!
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 11:34 AM
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  • HiI do sympathise - it sounds like you're having a tough time there.I think some of your feelings/behaviors are natural as it's not fun living in a rough neighborhood.However, I suspect you know already that other behaviors clearly aren't 'natural' (obsessive hygiene habits etc).Why are you the only one who can cook your own food?Is it because you suspect someone may be poisoning you???I can also say as someone who smoked cannabis heavily for some years, it is NOT the best drug for paranoia.It brought paranoia on in me - and I didn't suffer from it before I started smoking it.So I made a conscious decision to stop - I figured: 'why am I doing this to myself when it makes me feel like s**t?'And things got a whole lot better after that.Also, I think it's very unlikely that counsellors will laugh at the people they try to help - is this another paranoia maybe?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 26, 2007
    • 06:39 PM
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