Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder

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In the modern world, a bit of caution when approaching other people is a wise thing, but when a person becomes very distrustful and suspicious of others, it may be a sign of paranoid personality disorder. The exact causes of this illness are not known, but there are many treatment options available. We offer online therapy here at that can help with all the emotional issues that come with paranoid personality disorder. This disorder can be terrifying for people to deal with because of the way it affects their brain and their thinking process.

Causes of Paranoid Personality Disorder 

Genetics are thought to play a role in this disorder appearing, but this isn’t the only cause. For most, it’s a big event early in life that causes the problems. While there may be some psychological issues that lead to this disorder, there are some who believe that this behavior can be learned or picked up when living in a hostile environment. Some think parents who become angry without warning because of mental problems may cause a child to develop paranoid tendencies to cope with the frequent outbursts. No matter the exact cause of this disorder, the symptoms can be difficult for a person to deal with on their own.

Symptoms and Dangers of Paranoid Personality Disorder 

A general mistrust of people - including friends and family - is one of the main symptoms of paranoid personality disorder. While everyone is distrustful to a degree, when suspicious feelings begin to have a negative effect on a person's life, it may point to a larger problem. Some of the specific symptoms include hostility toward others, detachment, social isolation, poor self-image and an inability to work with others constructively. There are other signs that may appear as well. If not treated, paranoid personality disorder can lead to other emotional problems or a general lack of enjoyment from life.


Treatment for Paranoid Personality Disorder 

Because some people affected by this disorder are also suspicious of medical professionals, it can make it even more difficult to treat. This is why we offer online therapy here at Our approach to psychotherapy combines trained therapists who specialize in personality disorders with the Internet. This combination makes it easier for people to get treatment even if they are suspicious of other therapists. While online treatment for paranoid personality disorder is relatively new, it is an effective way for people to get help with all the symptoms of this disorder.

Definition of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid personality disorder causes a person to be very distrustful of others. Therapy and counseling are both recommended for treatment of this personality disorder.

Symptoms of / Reasons for Paranoid Personality Disorder

  • Detachment
  • Hostility
  • Concern about hidden motives
  • Expectations of exploitation
  • Inability to work well with others
  • Poor self-image
  • Social isolation

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