Relationships can be challenging enough without one half of the partnership having regular feelings of paranoia. However, if it’s become evident that you have a paranoid partner, you may want to try and encourage them to seek professional help, especially when you consider that paranoia can be a symptom of an underlying illness.
What are typical traits of a paranoid partner?
While traits may vary from individual to individual, some of the more common traits or behaviors can include eavesdropping, feelings of unjustified rejection, continually seeking reassurance, covertly listening in to private conversations and/or making false accusations.
There may be occasions when we all feel suspicious of others from time to time, or are hypersensitive, but chronic paranoia is very different, and can quickly take over a person’s life and dramatically affect the lives of around them, too.
What can paranoia be a symptom of?
Paranoia has often found to be a symptom of such illnesses as schizophrenia, brief psychosis, paranoid personality, psychotic depression, mania or can even be a symptom of long or short-term substance abuse. How intense the paranoia becomes can vary greatly, with some sufferers developing a slight change to their personality or character, with others becoming severely impaired.
When should I try and seek help for my paranoid partner?
If you’re worried about your partner’s mental health and feel that you’re actively experiencing their paranoia, then the sooner you can seek professional help, the better. As with any form of mental illness or substance abuse, most individuals cannot get better without help from a qualified person or team of mental health experts, and as the partner of a paranoid person, you most likely will not be able to help them effectively, either.
Here are a few points to take into consideration if your partner is paranoid:
- You are not alone
Paranoia is probably more common than you may think, and there are support networks out there that can help you to cope while your partner seeks treatment.
- You will not be able to help them yourself
If your partner is paranoid, consoling them or refuting what they’re suspicious of will not help them. Only a professional will know how to give them the help that they need, and if you try to help them yourself, you could end up making things worse, and even put yourself in danger.
- Professional help along with medication can help them
You or your partner should never be ashamed to seek professional help with this issue, and regular counseling sometimes coupled with medication can bring relief for the sufferer.
- A paranoid partner can still function normally
Just because your partner is having paranoid thoughts, doesn’t mean that they can’t contribute in a healthy way to society, and certainly doesn’t mean that your relationship is destined to fail.
Perhaps most importantly when talking about paranoid partners, you should never lose sight of the person that you fell in love with, and always remember that your relationship can not only survive, but flourish. People with mental illnesses need help and support, not judgements, and when you talk with a professional counselor, they will help you both learn how to cope and heal after confronting the issues that you’re both facing.