man sits in living room holding his head while needing a paranoid personality disorder treatment programLiving with paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a challenge. People with PPD suffer from an overpowering distrust of others. They often believe others are working against them or about to hurt them. They react this way even if there is no cause. It can be a destabilizing condition because it causes a person to be distrustful in an unhealthy way. One of the most common personality traits is being suspicious of others. This makes it difficult to form healthy relationships. Social interactions can be awkward and strained. Some individuals with paranoid personality disorder may avoid contact completely.

Paranoid personality disorder is a serious mental health condition. But, it is not considered a psychiatric delusional disorder such as schizophrenia. It’s part of a group of conditions called “Cluster A” personality disorders. These disorders involve odd or eccentric ways of thinking. People with paranoid personality disorder may have a family history of paranoia. Or there may be schizophrenia in the family tree. Extreme suspicion and distrust of others causes problems in working with others. It makes them cold and distant, leading to social isolation.

Managing PPD and Co-Occurring Conditions

People need comprehensive treatment to manage behaviors associated with paranoid personality. At Promises, our mental health professionals are there for anyone who seeks treatment. Paranoid personality disorder often co-occurs with substance abuse and other mental disorders. Clients may be assessed for other mental illnesses such as:

We treat all issues at the same time using individualized treatment plans. These plans address each client’s specific physical, mental and spiritual needs.

What Is a Paranoid Personality Disorder Treatment Program Like?

Residential treatment of paranoid personality involves a combination of medications and behavioral therapies. It depends on the severity of the client’s personality disorder symptoms. Treatment options include individual and group therapies, as well as:

Symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder

A person with paranoid personality disorder often feels in danger. They feel vulnerable and as if others are out to do them wrong. They search for evidence to support their feelings. But what they feel is grossly disproportionate to reality.

Common symptoms of paranoid personality disorder include:

  • Constant concern about the hidden motives of others
  • Belief that they are always right
  • Cold and distant with others, or controlling and/or jealous
  • Detachment
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Expecting to be exploited by others
  • Hostile, stubborn and argumentative
  • Inability to work with others
  • Reluctant to confide in others or give personal information
  • Social isolation
  • Unforgiving
  • Extreme isolation
  • Problems with work or school

People experiencing many personality disorder symptoms should seek help from a mental health professional. Sometimes outpatient therapy is enough. Other times, paranoid personality disorder treatment in a residential facility is most effective.

Causes of Paranoid Personality Disorder

The cause of paranoid personality disorder is unknown. It seems to happen in families with other psychotic disorders. For example, there is a genetic link between delusional disorder and schizophrenia. Researchers believe that environmental factors also have an impact. Early childhood experiences play a role. For instance, physical or emotional trauma may make someone vulnerable to developing paranoid personality disorder.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, paranoid personality disorder is common in men. It estimates 2.3 to 4.4% of Americans suffer from this disorder.

Take Back Your Life in Residential Treatment

Leave behind the darkness with a paranoid personality disorder treatment program. We can help. Promises’ clinicians are trained to treat a range of mental health disorders including co-occurring issues like substance abuse. With expert, compassionate care, you’ll learn to manage your symptoms. You’ll also develop healthy coping skills. Call us for a free, confidential consultation: [Direct].

Posted on July 21, 2017 and modified on April 13, 2019