Our expert says:
Hello again, Zexeon,
One of the things often not mentioned but surely true, is how very tiring it is to be paranoid. But don't hesitate to discus this with your doc, and also discuss your concern that you don't want to put your current meds up. Maybe some diferent changes in the meds could help. I suspect that CBT style counselling could also help one keep paranoia under better control, but I haven't seen good studies confirming this, yet. As you recognize, such feelings can become very convincing and worrying, but are usually unrealsitc. Most of the people you get to meet and know don't and would not want to harm you, indeed remarkably many don't care much about any of us, to help or to harm us. Your husband, your doc, and others will indeed want to help to protect you, and to help you both to feel safer and more able to protect yourself, too.
I know that you are not stupid, and that you are no more of a target than any of us.
It's important, as you suggest in your message, to distinguish between being paranoid ( when one's suspicions are either without any reasonable basis or even with none at all, or arfe exaggerated out of proportion ) and being realistically cautious in a world that is dangerous at times ; to take sensible precautions, but not excessive, which can lead to the precautions becoming more of a problem than what they're supposed to be protecting us against.
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