Why paranoia does more harm than good


Paranoia dangers

Francesca Macomber, Staff Writer

Human history has found itself distraught over multiple different ailments From the Black Plague, to sexually-transmitted diseases like syphilis, and the devastating modern-day Cancer. Disease has always ravaged mankind. Now, there is also an outbreak of Corona-virus that has many people afraid of the possible massive death-toll.
However, with each incubated sickness that infects human physically, a sort of mental affect creeps alongside it.
Paranoia. Paranoia is illusive and dangerous, traveling as quickly as the disease it accompanies. Paranoia results in alienation of people of all subcategories, though it usually shifts to the poor, as they are the ones who suffer the most from disease. Paranoia disrupts the order of the society, which makes it harder to deal with dangerous maladies and its effects. While one may be struggling from the issue of an illness, multiple more fall victim to anxiety and worries. Perhaps even more potent than the disease itself is the fear; while illness lasts a few weeks, at most, anxiety can last for months or years. It’s a silent-killer that approaches and attacks the immune system. According to HelpGuide, results of worry can be stomach-aches and headaches. How can a body be expected to fight off illness while already in a form of stress?
Paranoia is a natural response to worrisome issues, though it has to be regulated in order for such issues to be dealt with responsibility and healthily. Yes, though the notion of disease or sickness can wrack one’s ability to function properly, we have to combat it in the best way possible in order to have the best possible outcome. That means, cut down anxiety and paranoia as much as possible. It hurts more than it helps.