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Tell me about "paranoid personality disorder"?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Paranoid: Is one of cluster a personality disorders, classified along with schizoid & schizotypal personality disorders. It is a pervasive global mistrust of others & preoccupation with hidden motives & suspiciousness, severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me how i can know if I have paranoid personality disorder?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I would not try to: Self - diagnose a personality disorder. Encourage you to see a psychiatrist or a psychologist for a comprehensive evaluation. Take care.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What is paranoid personality disorder like?

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Dr. Douglas Laipple
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Suspiciousness.: Excessive sensitivity tendency to bear persistent grudges persistently and injuries or slights suspiciousness and a pervasive tendency to misconstrue the actions of others as hostile or contemptuous a combative and tenacious unreasonable sense of personal rights recurrent suspicions of sexual infidelity tendency to experience excessive self-importance preoccupation with conspiracies.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What causes paranoid personality disorder?

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Dr. Lawrence Smith
Clinical Psychology 30 years experience
We don't know: Paranoid personality disorder is a psychiatric condition in which a person has a long-term distrust and suspicion of others, but does not have a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. The cause of the disorder is unknown. However, it is more common in families with members who have psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia or delusional disorder.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are some triggers of paranoid personality disorder?

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Dr. Marlene Eisen
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Old stories: We evolve our personas from the stories we tell ourselves, made up of memories, the way others treat us, traumas. These serve as cues to our present responses. Paranoia is a strong, fear response based on the meaning of the partiular experience. If you were attacked by a dog as a child, you might forever be fearful of a large animal. A more vulnerable persona is predisposed to respond this way.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How to know if I have paranoid personality disorder?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
It is hard: Personality disorders are difficult to live with and hard to treat. Usually if u have a personality disorder u do not realize that u have a problem, people close to u do. If u have been told u have one and are asking for help that is a major step. Follow through and speak to a therapist. They will start with what's bothering u, which is your healthier side and move on from there. It will take time

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