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Doctor insights on: Living With Paranoid Personality Disorder

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Can having a paranoid personality disorder prevent someone from living a fullfilling life?

Can having a paranoid personality disorder prevent someone from living a fullfilling life?

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 more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

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


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How to know if I have paranoid personality disorder?

How to know if I have paranoid personality disorder?

The best route to: accurate diagnosis is through a comprehensive psychiatric or psychological evaluation. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is paranoid personality disorder like?

What is paranoid personality disorder like?

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 more

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I think I have paranoid personality disorder what help is there for me?

Great question.: I wonder why you think that. Sometimes people feel that way when it is normal to be very concerned about somethings or someone may be out to get you. Talk to a good friend and try to understand. It is possible you are just feeling this way occasionally and that is not personality disorder. ...Read more

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What causes paranoid personality disorder?

What causes paranoid personality disorder?

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

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What are ways to deal with a family member that suffers from paranoid personality disorder?

What are ways to deal with a family member that suffers from paranoid personality disorder?

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

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Tell me about "paranoid personality disorder"?

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

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Are people with paranoid personality disorder usually dangerous?

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

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What are some triggers of paranoid personality disorder?

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 (Definition)

Paranoid is also known as Paranoia. Someone who fears others mean to harm him/her in some way. They may believe or think others are spying on them or plotting to kill them. When the fear is totally irrational and without basis it may be delusional ...Read more


Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Paranoia (Definition)

Paranoia is a symptom in which the individual's thought process is pervaded by ...Read more