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Living With Paranoid Personality Disorder
Hard to imagine: It's hard to imagine living a fulfilling life while looking over your shoulder all the time . . . Wondering who is trying to harm you. That would absorb an awful lot of energy! what if that could be freed up to do things that give you more joy? What if working with a therapist could help you accomplish that? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Suspicion of others: Paranoid personality disorder is a life long pattern of behaving involving: lack of trust and suspicion of others resulting in social isolation and hostility toward others. It can interfere with job or family. Medication can be helpful. Therapy is difficult due to lack of trust. It may occur in families with schizophrenia, but not have all the symptoms of schizophrenia or psychosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Paranoid: If suspicious of motives of others and become delusional about harm coming from others, can act out to protect self, not common. ...Read more
Seek evaluation: Paranoid personality disorder involves pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others and interfers with relationships. It's difficult to assess this yourself, so i recommend seeing a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist who can evaluate your concerns. People with PPD tend to be quite intelligent, so recognizing your tendencies combined with psychotherapy can be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
Suggestions: #1: remember that you don't control others and cannot change them. #2: take care of yourself and behave in ways that make you feel good about your own behavior. #3: avoid heated power struggles. #4: understand that it's difficult for your family member to trust that other people are not hostile, threatening or demeaning. #5: you might suggest therapy, too. #6: care, but carry on! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. Suspiciousness does not interfere with other activities or incapacitate the person. ...Read more
Paranoid Personality: This personality typically misinterprets people's intentions and consistently sees others as not trustworthy.Best. ...Read more
Is the nature of suspicion/suspecting people often classified as a paranoid personality disorder?
What would be the most effective remedy for cure paranoid personality disorder without going to a phsycayatrist?
Don't know of any.: To make changes, usually requires significant effort on the part of the person who has a personality disorder. Psychiatrists and psychologists are two types of mental health professionals that work with personality disorders. Has the person considered the self help section of the local book store or library? Some times change is best made with baby steps. Take care. ...Read more
OCD/Paranoid: Ocd is an anxiety disorder characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Paranoid personality disorder involves a chronic, pervasive pattern of behaviors including distrust and suspicion, belief they are being deceived or exploited by others, emotionally guarded, angry, looking for hidden meanings or slights in conversations. ...Read more
Specific or general?: Paranoid personality is pervasive suspiciousness, hostility, and distrust as a habitual response. The suspicions are unfounded but they are plausible. Delusional disorder is an irrational delusion about one specific thing (and it may be completely implausible, even psychotic). Outside of the one area of delusion, the person's thinking is otherwise normal. ...Read more
Maybe: They are different things. Psychosis refers to failures in reality testing (like delusions or hallucinations). It is possible that someone with a paranoid psychosis might be misdiagnosed with paranoid personality in the early stages of the illness, before psychotic symptoms become evident. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you tell the difference between paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder?
Cause of fear: The main difference between paranoid personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder is in what causes the anxiety. In paranoid personality the main issue is a distrust and fear of people with worry that others are malevolent or want to harm one. In generalized anxiety, the fear is about many different issues such as the future, possible accidents, illness, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is this paranoid personality disorder or just my generalized anxiety disorder that makes me stay up late worried about my job?
Anxiety--probably: Paranoid personality disorder has to do with strongly held, more or less exaggerated assumptions that other people are: out to purposefully harm and humiliate, are vindictive, and are actively 'hateful'. The paranoid person feels specifically (and unrealistically) persecuted. Paranoia leads to and is caused by anxieties, but it is more than an increase in troublesome worries about life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A mental health: Professional is the best person to answer this. It is an important diagnosis and one that cannon be made over the net. Personality disorders are typically deep-seated. So, having some paranoid thoughts at times is different from having a paranoid personality disorder. It is treatable. Please don't think it will go away on its own easily but there are lots of reasons to be hopeful. Peace. ...Read more
These are two big: questions. You might want to do your own research on each, as they are separate. Try psychologytoday.com. Try nimh.org. PSTY disorders are largely a group of non-psychotic, unlearned behaviors that result in chronic, characteristic maladaptive experiences. Paranoid Schizophrenia is a psychotic state. Symptoms are usually hallucinations/delusions of the grandiose or persecutory type. ...Read more
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