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The puzzling symptom of paranoia

Authors:

Hemamali Perea ,

Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Ayodya Malalagama,

Registrar in Psychiatry, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo, LK
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Sayuri Perera

Registrar in Psychiatry, Lady Ridgeway Hospital for Children, Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Paranoia can present as a symptom, a syndrome or as a personality trait. We present a series of cases, in adults, adolescents and children, where paranoia is the most prominent feature in the clinical presentation, with the objective of discussing difficulties encountered in diagnosis. A total of nine cases are presented where the initial diagnosis needed subsequent revision. The possible reasons for this are inadequacy of diagnostic classification systems leading to false positive diagnosis, unfamiliarity with certain diagnostic categories, absence of systemic evaluation and cultural factors.

DOI: 10.4038/sljpsyc.v1i2.2572

SL J Psychiatry 2010; 1 (2):42-44
Keywords: paranoia 
How to Cite: Perea, H., Malalagama, A. & Perera, S., (2010). The puzzling symptom of paranoia. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 1(2), pp.42–44. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v1i2.2572
Published on 15 Dec 2010.
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