Fear of paranoia

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2001 - 3:20 pm PDT

The Rev. Brendan Powell Smith has recently been in the grips of an acute and incapacitating fear of paranoia. Afraid to venture outside lest he become convinced that everyone is out to get him, Smith has stayed indoors for the past several days, where he has been too scared to even watch television lest he view a program that would convince him of a grand conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of trusted authority. Although never having actually experienced paranoia, Smith has deep-seated fears that such an affliction could overtake him at any moment.