Paranoia

usgb/ˌpærəˈnɔɪə/Volume
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Excessive SuspicionPlay
Paranoia implies a distrust that goes beyond normal caution and can hint at irrationality. SlideEven though there was no evidence, his paranoia wouldn't let him trust his loyal friend.
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Not Always IllnessPlay
Paranoia can describe a symptom of suspicion without the presence of a mental health diagnosis. SlideShe felt a wave of paranoia when walking alone at night, even though the streets were safe.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
Using 'paranoia' can imply that concerns are unfounded or exaggerated. SlideHis claims were dismissed as paranoia, despite his insistence on the risks involved.