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Do people every say you’re too negative or highly strung? Thought so. You’re so prone to snapping, you’ll probably come back as an elastic band in another life! With paranoia, stress and anxiety levels as high as yours, it’s bound to affect your life. If you feel tired and unhappy all the time, it’s because your brain is constantly in overdrive, using up vital nutrients and resulting in duller hair and skin, digestive problems, headaches, and mood swings. Turn things around by seeing a doctor to check that it isn’t due to anything more serious; fullscale panic attacks every other day aren’t normal. “Check out self-help books, see a professional, practice relaxation techniques, and retrain your brain to think positively,” suggests Dr Hassed. “You should make a real effort to get better because if left untreated, paranoia can result in more serious illness, such as depression or paranoid psychosis.
Try taking a holiday, detoxing, or hanging with positive people. We all worry to a certain extent, but it’s like a rocking chair — it might give you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere. Need help? Look up your closest mental health professional on the Malaysian Mental Health Association website (