More about our situation…


My 28 yr old husband of 10 years is exhibiting what appears’ to be psychosis, or more specifically paranoid delusions. He feels there is a large conspiracy out there, of which now everyone he knows (including me) is a part of. The only ones not privy to this plan are our 2 kids (4 & 9) He feels we are all trying to manipulate him into doing things or going in a direction with his career that he doesn’t  want to go in. It’s like we’re all trying to get him to do something that we think is for his own good. He feels that we are trying to help him, but that he does not want this help. He is not afraid of “them”, but simply angry at the invasion of his privacy and the perceived affront on his dignity.

He’s escalated from workplace paranoia, to people on the street, in stores and now his own family. He also thinks that people “know” what he says to himself. He thinks that his words, when spoken to himself out loud (we’ve not yet reached the points of thoughts being read), alone in the house or working out in the yard, are being broadcast to this great secretive society via radio and internet podcasts.

It is clear to me that he is have paranoid delusions, and we have been able to visit a GP and a psychiatrist at the local Psychiatric clinic, but he refuses to follow through and complete the assessment. We are left with no “official” diagnosis.

When I spoke with his psychiatrist, she said that he was having a psychotic episode. However, she refused to give me dx, as the assessment depended on receiving the input of a Psychologist in order to be completed. He won’t go. He thinks nothing is wrong with him. He thinks if I would simply stop listening to “those disgusting and misguided people” and our life would be perfect. It would appear that I hold all the answers for him.

My question those of you on the forum with more experience is: is it possible for someone who most probably is Paranoid Schizophrenic, to be loving, active, communicative, alert, and almost always rational in everyday life? True he cannot hold down a job due to massive paranoia he encounters in the workplace, and feels that even interviews for prospective jobs are fixed, and part of the “greater scheme”, but in every single other aspect of his life, he is fine.

I feel that it would be SO easy for me to slip into denial, as long as I don’t ask certain “instigating” questions, he seems perfectly rational.

Can there by mild forms or paranoia, or is it something that will progressively get worse, if left untreated?

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!