Paranoid Personality Disorder

By: Justin Brimager

Basic Description

Paranoid personality disorder is characterized by having a long standing pattern of pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others.

Symptoms

A few symptoms are, suspiciousness, highly critical, unwilling to forgive, hypersensitive to criticism, minor things arouse major hostility and they believe they are victimized.

Causes

The causes of this disorder is unknown but research suggests there is a genetic link.

Diagnosis

people with this disorder are diagnosed by a trained mental health professional. There are no laboratory, blood, or genetic testing used to diagnose. The mental health professional will compare your symptoms with your life history.

Treatments

Treatment typically involves long term psychotherapy with a therapist. There are also medications that can help.
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Interesting fact

Very few people seek treatment until it starts to affect there life in a negative way

Prognosis

Paranoid personality disorder is often a chronic, lifelong condition. the long-term prognosis is usually not encouraging. Feelings of paranoia, however, can be controlled to a degree with successful therapy. Unfortunately, many patients suffer the major symptoms of the disorder throughout their lives.