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What are the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia?

People with paranoid schizophrenia may seem relatively normal. People with other types of schizophrenia may act in a disorganized or confused manner, but people with paranoid schizophrenia do not always do this. Instead, the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia are primarily positive symptoms, or symptoms that consist of a person imagining something that is not there. Some of the most common symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia include hallucinations (most commonly hearing voices or other sounds that aren't there), and delusions (often thinking irrationally that people are out to harm them). Because of these positive symptoms, people with paranoid schizophrenia may behave oddly or have emotional problems. Individuals may talk to people or voices that are not there. They might also become frustrated or angry because others do not understand reality as they are experiencing it, and this may lead to violent behavior toward themselves or others.

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia primarily involve difficulties interpreting reality. People with paranoid schizophrenia often experience delusional thinking. This means that they worry about potential harmful experiences that might come their way. People with delusions may become obsessed that their spouse is poisoning their food. Other common symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia include hallucinations. Hallucinations are experiences that seem very real, even though they are not. The most common hallucination is hearing voices that others cannot hear, as well as seeing things that others cannot see. Some people with paranoid schizophrenia experience mood changes, like anxiety or anger problems, although these symptoms are less common. The symptoms of this illness can cause serious debilitation in people who are not treated.

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