Paranoid Personality Disorder

Last Updated on November 26, 2020 by Maya Hall

A state of continuous insecurity and skepticism that begins in young adulthood and occurs under different circumstances, interpreting the behavior of others as malicious.

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is a Personality Disorder characterized by consistent mistrust of others and suspicion. They often see statements as maliciously targeting themselves, when this is not the case. PPD cannot be diagnosed if the suspiciousness and paranoia only occur during psychotic episodes. According to Psychology Today, “People who suffer prefer solitude, have poor peer relationships, social anxiety, academic underachievement, hypersensitivity, peculiar thoughts and language, and idiosyncratic fantasies. “ Paranoid PD is part of the cluster A “odd and eccentric” personality disorders.

1) Suspecting to be exploited, deceived or harmed by others without sufficient basis

2) Doubting on friends or colleagues’ loyalty and reliability.

3) Not sharing secrets for fear of abusement.

4) Deriving humiliating or intimidating meaning from ordinary words

5) Holding a grudge, not forgiving injustices or ignorance

6) Thinking his/her dignity has disregarded, and suddenly reacting with anger or opposition.

7) Getting suspicious of the infidelity of sexual partner

It does not occur only during the course of Schizophrenia, a Mood Disorder with Psychotic Properties or another Psychotic Disorder and is not about the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition.

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