Suspicious Minds

Once it affected 1% of the population. Now more than a quarter of us suffer from paranoia, leading expert Daniel Freeman tells Sabine Durrant from the Guardian.

Paranoia, like depression and anxiety, can cause great anguish. “It’s a hierarchy of fear. It’s very common to think people are trying to irritate, or upset you. Less so is thinking there are coded negative messages about you in the press and radio.”

If you make the connection to things such as depression and anxiety, it really opens it up. “People with depression have higher levels of paranoia because of a sense of vulnerability and low self-esteem.”

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  1. Time passes quickly when one is having fun. Today I was waiting for abus on a busy street watching the traffic and pedestrians. A dog on a leash was approaching and some cars homked at each other fairly close by. I was startled and looked at the noise, the pedestrian walking the dog looked. But the dog didn’t look. I was surprised the dog didn’t jump like we humans did at the noise. I guess he must have been having a good time smelling the grass and posts on his walk. So good he didn’t consider the noise important.

    If one is happy and having a good time, one is obviously less likely to be paranoid.

    If one is in pain or discomfort, time passes slowly. Things feel irratating, then we usually have to rationalize our feelings of irratability, paranoia is born.

    Sorry for my spelling mistakes.