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Is paranoid personality disorder a true mental illness?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
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.
Answered on Jun 27, 2015

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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.
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NEEDS PSYCHIATRIST: A person with paranoid personality disprder need to be trated by a psychiatrist, with therapy and meds, and treatment may be long term.
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Paranoid: Is one of cluster a personality disorders, classified along with schizoid & schizotypal personality disorders. It is a pervasive global mistrust of ot ... Read More
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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
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Paranoid: Being suspicious of hidden motives of others can interfere with daily functioning and social interactions.

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