Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Paranoia and other mental changes
avatar
bashfulbecca posted:
Has anybody else had extreme paranoia as a sympton in MS? Mine lasted 2 to 3 months...my original neurologist said it was all in my head.. (really? never would have guessed THAT) My new neurologist (an MS Specialist) reported to me that yes indeed paranoia was a symptom of multiple sclerosis. If you've experienced this symptom, how did you deal with this?
Reply
 
avatar
hackwriter responded:
Hello bashful,

I experienced extreme paranoia as a result of drug interaction. I was taking prednisone for a flare and had started taking Wellbutrin the week before for smoking cessation. The two did not mix well; I went into a convenience store and felt terrified that the strangers around me were going to start attacking me. So after a short period of weaning off the Wellbutrin, my mental health returned to normal (or as normal as one can feel while taking prednisone, lol).

I'm laughing right along with you at your first neurologist's remark about it being all in your head. It is well-documented that paranoia can be a direct effect of MS lesions in certain areas of the brain. It can be a secondary symptom of MS, too, an emotional state induced by grief and fear especially after we get the diagnosis. I certainly withdrew into myself and felt depression, grief, and terror after having my very first attack, and that emotional state persisted for several years. I didn't seek medical attention for it, it resolved on its own.

Did you have it treated with medication, talk therapy, or did you tough it out on your own? Sounds as though you got beyond it. I hope you're doing well.

Kim


Featuring Experts

Neil S. Lava, MD, is the director of the multiple sclerosis clinic at Emory University in Atlanta. He has been treating multiple sclerosis patients si...More

Helpful Tips

the walking drug, ampyra
was diagnosedwith MS in 2000. my walking has been getting harder to do but i was still able to work. i recently had an exacerbation of my ... More
Was this Helpful?
51 of 62 found this helpful

Related News

There was an error with this newsfeed

Related Drug Reviews

  • Drug Name User Reviews

Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.