nous-, nou-, noe-, noes-, noet-, -noia +

(Greek: mind, intellect; the reason; common sense)

1. Common sense; that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason.
2. In ancient Greek philosophy, the capacity to reason and acquire knowledge, as distinguished from sensation.
3. In some philosophies, the part of the human spirit that is capable of rational thought.
paranoia; (also spelled) paranoea
1. An extreme, irrational, and unreasonable suspicion or distrust of other people and their motives.
2. A psychiatric disorder characterized by an elaborate, overly suspicious system of thinking which often includes delusions of persecution and grandeur usually centered on one major theme; such as, a financial matter, a job situation, an unfaithful spouse, or another problem including being followed or monitored by a governmental intelligence agency; by outer space aliens; being the victim of computer tampering; or of being poisoned.
3. A condition in which patients show persistent persecutory delusions or delusional jealousy, with emotion and behavior appropriate to the content of the delusional system.

The condition also is characterized by symptoms of schizophrenia; such as, bizarre delusions or incoherence and it is stated that the illness is not a result of an organic disease of the brain (Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 18th Edition, 1997).

4. Etymology: "mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions", 1891 (earlier paranoea 1811), from Greek paranoia, "mental derangement, madness,"; which came from paranoos, "mentally ill, insane", from para-, "beside, beyond" + noos, "mind" and Greek noein, "to think".
1. Characteristic of, or resembling, paranoia.
2. Concerning or afflicted with paranoia.
1. Resembling, characteristic of, or affected with paranoia.
2. Exhibiting or characterized by extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others: "He had a paranoid suspicion that government agents were listening to his phone calls."
paranoid disorder
A mental disorder characterized by an impaired sense of reality and persistent delusions.
paranoid ideation
1. Suspicious thinking that is persecutory, accompanied by feelings that one is being harassed, treated wrongly, or being judged critically.
2. An exaggerated, sometimes grandiose, belief or suspicion that the person is being harassed, persecuted, or treated unfairly.
paranoid personality disorder
A psychiatric disorder characterized by extreme suspicion and distrust of others to the degree that he/she blames them for her/his mistakes and failures and goes to abnormal lengths to validate prejudices, attitudes, or biases.
paranoid reaction
A psychopathological condition that may be associaed with delirium or dementia and characterized by the gradual formation of delusions, usually of a persecutory nature and often accompanied by related hallucinations.
paranoid reaction type
An individual who has fixed systematized delusions, is suspicious, has a persecution complex, is resentful and bitter, and is a megalomaniac (mental condition where the patient exhibits delusions of grandeur or a greatly enhanced opinion of himself/herself).
paranoid schizophrenia
A form of schizophrenia characterized by a persistent preoccupation with illogical, absurd, and changeable delusions; usually, of a persecutory, grandiose, or jealous nature, accompanied by related hallucinations.

The symptoms include extreme anxiety, exaggerated suspiciousness, aggressiveness, anger, argumentativeness, and hostility, which may lead to violence.

paranoid state
A transitory abnormal mental condition characterized by illogical thought processes and generalized suspicion and distrust, with a tendency toward persecutory ideas or delusions.
somatic paranoia
The delusion that one's body is malodorous (stinks), or is infested with an internal or external parasite, or that his/her body is physically misshapen or unduly ugly.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving the "mind, mental" word units: anima-; anxi-; deliri-; hallucina-; menti-; moro-; noo-; phreno-; psych-; thymo-2.