I have a lot of issues with paranoia, and so far my therapy has mostly been mostly CBT-like. Originally I was making a lot of progress with it, but I think I have gotten better at it by myself, so therapy with CBT isn’t helping me make so much progress anymore.
Are there other kinds of therapy that you would recommend for paranoia? Are there any books on it?
I could potentially look for someone to do psychoanalysis, but it may be hard to find someone in my area who would do that. It’s hard enough finding therapists here who will work with someone with psychosis.
You could try exposure therapy, don’t know useful that would be though
Do you keep a recovery journal? Over the years I have found it helpful to record paranoia issues:
- Alien colonization (with ever shifting dates)
- People I was sure were out to get me
- People I thought were actually taken over by aliens…
Really really REALLY helps to be able to go back and see how consistently wrong you (and the illness) were on the specifics time and again and again and again and again. Helps drive home the realization that it’s just noise in your mind you can tune out.
Those are both good ideas. Thanks!!
Use your paranoia trigger words as frequently entered passwords for your internet accounts. This teaches you to type the word and immediately move on to the next thing and forget. Takes about 2 or 3 weeks to de-potentiate each word.
That’s an interesting idea. I definitely never would’ve thought of that.
Right now they’re trying to control my mind. I need to resist.
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