Paranoid schizophrenia

Paranoid schizophrenia has delusions, often accompanied by hallucinations, as a prominent symptom. Paranoid schizophrenia usually develops later in life than the other types, and schizophrenic illness starting after middle age nearly always takes this form. It is commoner in women, and in those with impaired hearing. Genetic factors may be less important than in other types of schizophrenia. Contrary to what the public sometimes seems to think, the term 'paranoid schizophrenia' does not necessarily mean the most serious or dangerous form of the illness.

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