Paranoid Schizophrenics


Paranoid schizophrenia is the most common type of schizophrenia in most parts of the world, with some estimating that 40% of schizophrenics have this form of the disorder. Onset of paranoid schizophrenia is typically a bit later than other types of schizophrenia, generally beginning in a person's late 20s or early 30s.

Paranoid schizophrenia is characterized by a preoccupation with delusions of persecution or grandiosity, with auditory hallucinations frequently present. Paranoid schizophrenia is the type most often mentioned in the news, usually as a defense for someone who has committed a violent crime. While the delusions of persecution often found in paranoid schizophrenia are associated with an increased risk of violence, it is important to note that the majority of people with schizophrenia are not violent.

In many instances, paranoid schizophrenics are better able to think and function in daily life than those with other types of schizophrenia. They often do not have as many problems with memory, concentration, or the negative symptoms of schizophrenia such as flattened emotions. However, paranoid schizophrenia is still a serious condition that requires treatment. Medication, particularly atypical antipsychotics, are usually indicated for the treatment of the disorder, although the very symptoms that require medication sometimes make paranoid schizophrenics sometimes look at the drugs with suspicion. Psychotherapy is also recommended, with cognitive behavioral therapy showing promise in treatment of the disorder.