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paranoid personality disorderParanoid personality disorder (PPD) is one of a group of conditions called “Cluster A” personality disorders. PPD typically involves odd or eccentric ways of thinking. People with this disorder often have unrelenting mistrust and suspicion of others (believing that someone is “out to get them”). They might suffer from paranoid delusions as a result of PPD.

Symptoms of PPD

Individuals with PPD tend to continually be “on guard,” believing that others continuously try to demean, harm, or even threaten them. Usually, these are all unfounded but very real and frightening for the person experiencing them. Other symptoms may include reluctance to confide in others, unforgiving of grudges, hypersensitivity to criticism, and a severe doubt of others’ commitment or loyalty. As a result, a person with PPD has a reduced capacity for meaningful emotional involvement with others and will often withdraw and isolate themselves.

Support for PPD

Whether you are experiencing PPD or know someone else who may be experiencing PPD, a great way to help is by providing support and encouraging them to seek treatment. You may not understand what that person is feeling or experiencing. To you, it may seem unrealistic. However, to the person experiencing these symptoms, their delusions and thoughts feel very real. It is their reality, even if it is not yours. PPD entails a considerable level of mistrust, which means that treatment can be difficult and is best left to professionals. Treatment can include forms of psychotherapy, as well as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety medications. Living with PPD can be overwhelming and disruptive; however, PPD can be overcome with the right treatment and support.

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is a mental illness that causes someone to distrust those around them and might result in paranoid delusions. Those suffering from PPD are often guarded with their emotions, mistrust others, and isolate themselves as a way to protect themselves from perceived threats. In extreme cases, PPD can lead to periods of psychosis. While the level of paranoia may seem unreasonable to others, the symptoms that someone with PPD experiences are very real to them, and they can’t just “snap out of it.” If you or someone you love is displaying symptoms of PPD, it’s best to get professional help. At The Guest House, we can provide treatment for PPD and other mental health disorders. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more.