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Paranoid Personality Disorder Treatment

Paranoid Personality Disorder Treatment at Promises

Paranoid personality disorder often co-occurs with substance abuse and other disorders. Promises treats all of these issues simultaneously with individualized treatment plans that attend to each client’s specific physical, mental and spiritual needs. Usually a combination of medications and behavioral therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy are effective in reducing paranoia and limiting its impact on the client’s daily life. Treatment for paranoid personality disorder may include individual and group therapy, family therapy, medication management as clinically appropriate, and a selection of alternative and experiential therapies.

What Is Paranoid Personality Disorder?

Paranoid personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long pattern of extreme distrust, but does not have what is called a full-blown psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia. Paranoid personality disorder is part of a group of conditions called “Cluster A” personality disorders. These disorders involve seemingly odd or eccentric ways of thinking. People with paranoid personality disorder may have a family history of paranoia or schizophrenia. They experience extreme suspicion and distrust of others, social isolation and have problems working together with others or behave in a cold and distant manner.

Symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder

A person with paranoid personality disorder is extremely suspicious of others. They often feel endangered and search for evidence to support their feelings. What they feel, however, is grossly disproportionate to their actual environment.

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 used or 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 a number of these symptoms should seek help from a mental health professional. Sometimes outpatient therapy is sufficient. Other times, paranoid personality disorder treatment in a residential facility may be most effective.

Causes of Paranoid Personality Disorder

What causes paranoid personality disorder is unknown. However, the disorder appears to be more common in families with other psychotic disorders such as delusional disorder and schizophrenia, suggesting that there may be a genetic link. Researchers believe that environmental factors may also be involved. Early childhood experiences, particularly physical or emotional trauma, may also play a role in the development of paranoid personality disorder.

The disorder seems to be more common in men. About 2.3 to 4.4% of Americans suffer from paranoid personality disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition.

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