Monday, April 17, 2017

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Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid personality disorder is defined as a distrust and suspiciousness of other people, and presuming that their behaviour is malicious, regardless of any evidence to the contrary. This tends to appear by early adulthood.

You might develop a hard exterior, caring little about the feelings of others. You may be tense and irritable and ready for any perceived or actual threat. Feeling that you may lose some of your power, you avoid interacting with other people. You will feel like others are always going to take advantage of you.

If you have paranoid personality disorder, you are likely to be oversensitive, and interpret small cues into that other people are “out to get you” so to speak. You may appear intimidating and constantly test the honesty of other people.

With paranoid personality disorder, your self-esteem is tied to attributing your shortcomings to others. For example, you might think that you missed out on a promotion at work because your boss has a problem with you, rather than it being because the other person is more qualified.

You are likely incredibly vulnerable and constantly defensive. If you have paranoid personality disorder, you will then tend to lead a solitary life, due to your tendency to bear grudges.

If you have paranoid personality disorder, there is a high possibility you are related to somebody with schizophrenia. There seems to be a hereditary link as well.

You may have been subjected to antagonism or harassment from your parents and may have been treated as a scapegoat. As a young child you learned to see the world as harsh and therefore started to mistrust people and their intentions.

Personality disorders are generally treated via therapeutic means such as cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy.
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