Schizophrenia is a commonly misunderstood mental health disorder with multiple subtypes. Paranoid schizophrenia, or schizophrenia with paranoia, is the most common form of the disorder, but many people are unaware of its distinct symptoms.

Education is crucial to help fight against stigma, facilitate compassion and understanding, and provide information to those struggling with the disease. By understanding the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia, individuals who are unsure of their symptoms can better understand their personal struggles and seek treatment.

Experiencing Delusions

Paranoid delusions are common in individuals with paranoid schizophrenia. These are beliefs that are real to the person experiencing them, even if there is no evidence that they are true. For example, a person experiencing paranoid delusions may believe that the government is spying on them, people are trying to hurt them, or their partner is cheating on them.

These delusions can strain their relationships and cause them to isolate themselves. Some may resort to anger and violence if they feel threatened and pushed beyond their ability to cope due to their delusions.

Experiencing Hallucinations

Some people may experience hallucinations, a symptom characterized by experiencing sensations believed to be real but whose points of origin are nonexistent. One of the most common forms of hallucinations in paranoid schizophrenia is hearing voices, which can become exacerbated if the person isolates themselves from others. Other forms include seeing things that are not there or feeling things on or inside a person’s body that don’t actually exist.

Disorganized Speech and Behavior

A more unknown symptom of schizophrenia is disorganized speech and behavior. Individuals may repeat words or begin making up their own words due to an inability to concentrate. Their behaviors may also be affected, causing them to have trouble completing daily tasks and controlling impulses. These symptoms can have a negative impact on individuals’ daily lives, including relationships, work, and school.

Many people know about schizophrenia from movies and TV shows, but these portrayals are not always accurate. Therefore, those who are struggling with paranoid schizophrenia may be unsure of their symptoms or experience stigma. Education is the best way to fight against this, so Alta Loma Transformational Services has prioritized educating individuals regarding paranoid schizophrenia. We treat men struggling with mental health and substance use disorders so they can find lasting recovery even after leaving our program. Call our Georgetown, TX facility today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.