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How does paranoid schizophrenia affect other conditions?

People with paranoid schizophrenia are likely to have other mental disorders, and they may be more likely to engage in harmful behavior like smoking, alcohol abuse, and the use of harmful drugs. Often, people with paranoid schizophrenia are treated for other mental problems (such as depression or anxiety) that sometimes occur with paranoid schizophrenia. In addition, people with this condition are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, something that can seriously complicate treatment efforts. Smoking, too, is quite common among schizophrenics, who often think smoking can make concentration easier for them. The consequences of heavy smoking may include lung disease and other smoking-related health issues.

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