2 thoughts on “I Wish I Could Relax: The Constancy of Paranoia

  • July 25, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    When you look at other people on the street or in restaurant, do you look at them in terms of normal/abnormal/silly, or do you just look at them and admire their diversity?

    I find the more I look at people from the perspective of diversity, the more I feel that it’s normal to be different and the more I can be who I am.

    By the way, I’m the feminine version of that dude you saw. I go to work in coffeeshops everyday. I was once in a smaller town where apparently people don’t do the coffeeshop work thing that much. So 2 ladies next to me are talking and one says, why would someone bring their computer at Starbucks, they must be just showing off that they have the means to buy it. People will judge you no matter what you do. Diverse people will even judge those that are too normal for letting society think for them and not having their own original thoughts.

    I hope this helps you come to term with some of your differences :-).

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  • July 25, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I “get” you on this one. I’ve never been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia but all my life I’ve had anxious/paranoid tendencies (could be partly from growing up around unpredictable parents and other early adverse events, although I think some of it is genetic too). I am 43 now, and one thing I can say is that, with time and practicing behavioral health skills, it does get better (though never goes away completely). One thing to watch out for is too much stress, since stress is like the “lightswitch” for anxiety/paranoia. So stress management can also be paranoia management.

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