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Help Paranoia with a Technique Called “The Trust List” (Free Test Sheet)

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In addition to delusions and hallucinations, a third characteristic of psychosis common in Bipolar clients is paranoia.  Paranoia involves a heightened sense of danger and alertness within a client resulting in suspicion of people that they may have trusted their entire life.  Often this is coupled with accusations against family members and spouses who I remind that the client is experiencing paranoia and in no way is basing their contentions in reality.

I talked to my doctor one time about dealing with paranoia. I can’t help to feel that everyone is scheming against me!  I can see it in their eyes! They all want to see me fail!  He suggested we try a technique called “THE TRUST LIST.”

The way the trust list works is you get a piece of paper split it into two columns.  On the first column title it “NAME,” then list all your loved ones that you trust.  It can be friends or family members – anyone whom you can truly say “I trust.”  On the second column, you title it “WHY I Trust Them.”  In the second column, you write in detail an incident in which each person proved beyond a doubt their trustworthiness.

You can do your own Trust List with this FREE test sheet PDF file I made for all my readers:  FREE – The Trust List.

When I did my own Trust List, I put a lot of thought into it and sat down and started writing.  The idea is that as we write down the people and what they’ve done, it will help us calm down our paranoid thoughts.

After writing this for about 20 min.  I stopped to look it over and realized that instead of a trust list…  I wrote a HIT list.

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Help Paranoia with a Technique Called “The Trust List” (Free Test Sheet)

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2011). Help Paranoia with a Technique Called “The Trust List” (Free Test Sheet). Psych Central. Retrieved on June 19, 2019, from


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