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Alternative Names Return to topParanoid schizophrenia
Definition Return to top
Paranoid schizophrenia involves feelings of being persecuted or plotted against.
Symptoms Return to top
People with paranoid schizophrenia may have over-the-top (grandiose) mistaken beliefs (delusions) about protecting themselves from the plot that they think is against them.
Other symptoms include:
Paranoid schizophrenia usually does not involve the disorganized speech and behavior that is seen in other types of schizophrenia.
References Return to top
Addington D, Bouchard RH, Goldberg J, Honer B, Malla A, Norman R, Tempier R. Clinical practice guidelines: treatment of schizophrenia. Can J Psychiatry. 2005;50:7s-57s.
International early psychosis association writing group. International clinical practice guidelines for early psychosis. Br J Psychiatry. 2005;187:s120-s124.Update Date: 2/6/2008 Updated by: Christos Ballas, MD, Attending Psychiatrist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.