Paranoid Thoughts

It seems that every day we learn of something new to be afraid of.

Terrorists, child abusers, deadly storms; the list of "big" things to worry about seems endless.

Terrorists, child abusers, deadly storms; the list of "big" things to worry about seems endless.Add to that the fears you may have in your own life. Is your boss "out to get you?" Are your friends laughing at you behind your back? Worries about other people are so common and predictable they seem to be an essential, if unwelcome, part of what it means to be human.

Everybody worries about someone or something, and that's normal. However when such fears become excessive, constant and unfounded, they are referred to as "paranoid thoughts" or "paranoia."

Are you constantly worried that something bad might happen to you? Do you think someone may have purposefully made that bad thing happen for some particular reason? If so, you may want to consider talking to your EAP counselor. She can help you determine if your fears are realistic. If they are not, she can also assist you in getting the therapy or physician-prescribed medications you need to overcome such thoughts and get on with your life.

If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, Please contact your EAP counselor.

  • Doubt the commitment, loyalty, or trustworthiness of others, believing others are using or deceiving them
  • Are reluctant to confide in others or reveal personal information due to a fear that the information will be used against them
  • Are unforgiving and hold grudges
  • Are hypersensitive and take criticism poorly
  • Read hidden meanings in the innocent remarks or casual looks of others
  • Perceive attacks on their character that are not apparent to others; they generally react with anger and are quick to retaliate
  • Have recurrent suspicions, without reason, that their spouses or lovers are being unfaithful
  • Are generally cold and distant in their relationships with others, and might become controlling and jealous
  • Cannot see their role in problems or conflicts and believe they are always right
  • Have difficulty relaxing
  • Are hostile, stubborn, and argumentative

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