Paranoid Personality Disorder
Quick Facts about Paranoid Personality Disorder
- PPD is classified as an eccentric personality disorder.
- People with PPD are mistrustful even without a reason.
- Paranoid personality disorder often starts in early adulthood.
- More men than women are diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.
If you are suspicious of others in almost every situation and have been dealing with this inability to trust without cause for years, the issue may be paranoid personality disorder (PPD). This psychiatric condition is less severe than schizophrenia but is a recognized eccentric personality disorder and an issue that requires treatment, according to the US National Library of Medicine.
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Your Chances of Developing Paranoid Personality Disorder Increase If….
- Your family members are diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder, schizophrenia or delusional disorder.
- You experienced any trauma in early childhood.
- You experienced physical, emotional or sexual trauma in the teen years or early adulthood.
There is no known specific cause for the development of the disorder, but most researchers believe that genetics, brain chemistry, or environmental issues (e.g., trauma) – or some combination thereof – are the most likely culprits.
Signs of Paranoid Personality Disorder
Being suspicious of other people’s motivations and true intentions is all-encompassing when paranoid personality disorder is the issue. That is to say that if you’re unable to trust people then that applies to everyone across the board, in every situation – and it can cause serious problems in your day-to-day life. You may be unable to interact with customers or clients at work, let alone your boss or coworkers. Family members may come under scrutiny, and friendships are rare.
In fact, most people struggling with the disorder are heavily isolated due to their paranoia. If it’s a problem for you, you may often feel as if danger is imminent and spend a great deal of time looking for clues that will help you identify who is attacking you and why.
- Anger and hostility
- Detachment and isolation
- Inability to take responsibility for your part in problems
- Inability to relax
- Inability to work with other people
- The belief that you are constantly under attack or being used by others
- Overthinking the simplest interactions and analyzing possible negative motivations for the behavior of others
- Constant fear that spouses or significant others are cheating
- Doubting the sincerity or depth of loyalty of those in your immediate family and close friends
Paranoid Personality Disorder Is Diagnosed By:
- Ruling out other mental illnesses
- Ruling out physical causes
- Ruling out substance abuse
- Diagnostic tests
- Psychotherapeutic evaluation
Treatment Is Accessible to Everyone
If paranoid personality disorder goes untreated, extreme social isolation and an inability to function at work can result. However, it’s very difficult for those who are living with the disorder to accept treatment in the best exclusive personality disorder treatment center because they often do not believe that they have a problem that requires treatment and usually mistrust the therapists and medical professionals who are trying to help them. However, when treatment is sought, medication and psychotherapy have been proven to be extremely effective in helping the patient to increase their self-esteem and learn coping skills as well as positive social interaction skills.
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