posted on Jan, 14 2016 @ 03:45 AM
I have been a brain injury professional for years, and that to me is the key here... this kind of clinical 'paranoia' (meaning a diagnosis of a
sequelae of symptoms, as opposed to common marijuana paranoia, or the kind I felt as a school kid where you think everyone is talking about you cos
you're so gawky
) is not common, and usully associated with injuries resulting from poisons (particualrly carbon monoxide exposure) or events where
the brain is oxygen deprived for a while (fires, heart attacks etc).
However, it CAN occur after trauma (which I'm guessing the OP is hinting at), particularly when strong meds mixed with recreational drugs.
The trouble is - you cannot treat clinical paranoia, well, not easily. The patient's mindset is fixed, so even when you ask the patient to reframe
events they see as persecution into something else (for example, maybe EVERYONE in white Western world could construst a reality where Eminem is
describing their life, rather than him targeting you), if you don't agree, you're either naive or part of THEM. You cannot win, and, worse, may even
get woven into the fabric of their internally robust, often coherant narrative.