Does anyone else have experiences in trouble distinguishing real and imminent danger from paranoia? For me, it seems like paranoia is a problem area with a lot of mental illness and related addiction. One of the problems I have is one extreme or another. I notice either paranoia in assuming the worst, misreading both social signals and body language and making things a bigger deal than they are. OR you can be too trusting and not careful enough, putting yourself in bad situations because you didn't use common sense and the instinctive sense of danger that helps all living things survive. I think the biggest risk of paranoia is that, whether danger is real or imagined, your choices in response can have real and long term consequences. How does one properly understand what may be paranoia, and how learn how to deal with paranoia and prevent it from causing serious problems in the future?