Hearing voices or other sounds that aren't really there is a distinguishing characteristic of paranoid schizophrenia. Often, these auditory hallucinations do involve voices. People with paranoid schizophrenia may actually hear voices that are often very unpleasant, harassing them or telling them to do harmful things. Because they cannot interpret reality, they may grow to have delusions because of the voices. This can cause serious problems, as people with the disorder may harm themselves or put themselves in dangerous situations because of these hallucinations.
- Q Why is paranoid schizophrenia difficult to treat?
- Q What medications are offered for paranoid schizophrenia?
- Q What increases my risk for paranoid schizophrenia?
- Q What are the complications of paranoid schizophrenia?
- Q How does paranoid schizophrenia affect other conditions?
- Q Can paranoid schizophrenia be prevented?