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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Yes, it is: Yes, paranoid personality disorder is a real mental illness. In it, there's a fixed, pervasive, and relatively inflexible pattern of distrust and suspiciousness such that others' motives are interpreted as malevolent. It generally begins in teen years or early adulthood, and differs markedly from one's culture. It causes distress in important areas of functioning, like relationships or work.

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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 48-year-old member asked:

Tell me about "paranoid personality disorder"?

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Dr. Alan Ali
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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.
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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