Origin of paranoiaModern Latin from Gr, derangement from para-, beside (see para-) + nous, the mind
Because of Lulu's paranoia of monsters, she would check underneath her bed every night.
Paranoia is a mental disorder with delusions or extreme irrational fear or distrust of others.
An example of paranoia is someone thinking that everyone is out to get them.
Psychiatry a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions, as of grandeur or, esp., persecution, often, except in a schizophrenic state, with an otherwise relatively intact personality
- Irrational distrust or suspicion of others, especially as occurring in people with psychiatric disorders such as paranoid personality disorder and schizophrenia: paranoia about neighbors stealing from his vegetable garden.
- Intense anxiety or worry: paranoia about losing her job.
Origin of paranoiaGreek madness from paranoos demented para- beyond ; see para- 1. nous, noos mind
- Letting paranoia ruin your relationship just because you suspect someone is not fair to anyone, most of all yourself.
- In the Summer of Love, one year before the Chicago riots, the paranoia and distrust for authority of The Prisoner struck a nerve.
- There are many infidelity warning signs, but there's a fine line between awareness and paranoia.
- His latest literary work, Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia: How All of Creation Is Conspiring To Shower You with Blessings, is slated for publication in the summer of 2008.
- Mental Effects: The potential paranoia and delusions that can occur with early usage can become exponentially worse as the user continues using this drug.