Paranoid personality disorder

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Paranoid personality disorder

Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a mental illness in which a person has a strong suspicion or mistrust of others. Individuals with this personality disorder might easily feel wronged by others, They may look for proof of their beliefs despite a lack of an actual threat. PPD typically occurs in young adults and is more common in males than females.

The cause of PPD is currently unknown. It is common for people with PPD to have a family history of PPD. Current research suggests that there might be a genetic link between this disorder and other psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. Early childhood experiences, such as trauma or maltreatment, are also believed to be causes of this disorder.

A person with PPD may experience symptoms such as difficulty relaxing, easily becoming angry or hostile, being overly sensitive to criticism, or believing that others have hidden motives and are against them. This distrust in others can lead to limited social lives and separation from others. A diagnosis of PPD can be made by your doctor. However, your doctor may refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist for further assessment and treatment. Testing may include a physical, medical, or psychiatric exam in addition to a review of the person’s history of related symptoms.

Treatment for PPD may include a form of counseling (psychotherapy) which helps you understand and manage the disorder, learn how to communicate and trust others, and decrease the feelings of paranoia. Medications may also be used to ease the symptoms of PPD. If you or a family member experience symptoms of PPD, please talk to your psychiatrist, psychologist or therapist about the most current treatment options. Support groups are also a good source of information and can connect you with other individuals or families affected by PPD.

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The terms "Paranoid personality disorder" returned 4 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The relative impact of socioeconomic status and childhood trauma on Black-White differences in paranoid personality disorder symptoms.
 

Author(s): Juliette M Iacovino, Joshua J Jackson, Thomas F Oltmanns

Journal: J Abnorm Psychol. 2014 Feb;123(1):225-30.

 

The current study examines mechanisms of racial differences in symptoms of paranoid personality disorder (PPD) in a sample of adults ages 55-64 from the St. Louis, MO area. Socioeconomic status (SES) and childhood trauma were tested as intervening variables in the association between ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Treatment of paranoid personality disorder with cognitive analytic therapy: a mixed methods single case experimental design.
 

Author(s): Stephen Kellett, Gillian Hardy

Journal: Clin Psychol Psychother. ;21(5):452-64.

 

Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) presents as chronic and widespread interpersonal distrust, whereby the actions of others are interpreted as malevolent and malicious. This research details the assessment, formulation and treatment of a case of PPD within a 24-session contract of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Examining the developmental history of child maltreatment, peer relations, and externalizing problems among adolescents with symptoms of paranoid personality disorder.
 

Author(s): Misaki N Natsuaki, Dante Cicchetti, Fred A Rogosch

Journal: Dev. Psychopathol.. 2009 ;21(4):1181-93.

 

This study examined the childhood history of maltreatment, peer relations, and externalizing problems among individuals who manifested low, moderate, or high symptom levels of paranoid personality disorder (PPD) in adolescence. Participants included 174 children who attended a longitudinal ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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