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When does someone with paranoid schizophrenia need to be hospitalized?

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There might be times when your paranoid delusions or other symptoms are so severe that you have to go to the hospital. You'll be cared for so you and your loved ones stay safe.

If you recognize that you're having trouble, you can be admitted voluntarily. But if you think you don't need help when you really do, the law may allow a doctor or other mental health professional to admit you involuntarily.

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Schizophrenia?"

King's College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience: "Paranoia."

Coid, J. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

Freeman, D. , July 2015. Schizophrenia Bulletin

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Psychosis."

Medscape: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Management."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Schizophrenia."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What Is Schizophrenia?"

King's College Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience: "Paranoia."

Coid, J. , May 2013. JAMA Psychiatry

Freeman, D. , July 2015. Schizophrenia Bulletin

National Alliance on Mental Illness: "Psychosis."

Medscape: "Schizophrenia Treatment & Management."

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on October 21, 2019

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