So, I'm 22 years old, just graduated college and I'm not sure if I have severe anxiety or depression of some sort or if I'm downright paranoid. I think that I am paranoid because starting about a year ago I started convincing myself that the people around me/friends/family/people I meet all think I'm some loser and all only hangout with me to test me.... I know that's probably irrational, and I try not to let it get to me. It almost feels like a conspiracy, like everyone is in on something that I'm not. Sometimes I go to shows/music festivals and think that I've been set up to feel stupid and that it's all fake, sometimes I actually end up leaving because I can't even enjoy myself. Is this a common theme in people with paranoia? I know for sure that I have anxiety because I definitely psychoanalyze situations/people and get extremely nervous that someone close to me may die or weird scenarios that I know are out of my control and are silly to worry about on a normal basis. I have compared schitzophrenia and paranoia and do not think I am schitzophrenic because I don't see/hear things that aren't there or a lot of the other extreme symptoms associated, but I do think I'm living with paranoia, I actually hope that the thoughts I have aren't true, but it's hard to tell now that I've allowed these thoughts for so long. It's hard to start this new chapter of my life feeling like a loser, even though I know I'm surrounded by good people. I now get very down on myself and start to question my abilities and my personality. I am hoping that beginning a healthier lifestyle/ maybe incorporating mediation and yoga will help me. I've been trying to accept myself more lately, and struggle. I haven't talked with anyone about this because it's hard to understand if you haven't experienced it. I feel like I'm incapable of just being normal. I've become more introverted than ever, and I want more than anything to have a healthy mindset again. Help, please! What is going on with me? Quarter life identity crisis? How do I become more full and happy again? I don't want to have to take drugs or go to a doctor for these problems if I don't have to.
She's had it since I was a child and it seems to get worse at times. I've found certain things help and was wondering what others have found. Probably the greatest positive affect on her is my 1 and a half year old daughter, it's by far the best medicine. I also noticed dogs and animals in general seem to help a lot. Has anyone found anything that helps?
Hey, so I'm a 17 year old male, Senior in high school. I've experinced paranoia starting at about the end of elementry school. This ties in with my PTSD reletively well, unfortunately. I'd really like someone to talk to about this. I try to talk to friends, but they simply don't understand the actual feeling and the mindset constant of fight or flight. To me, personally (you may have a different...