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What is paranoid personality disorder?
A person with paranoid personality disorder experiences pervasive and abnormal levels of suspicion and mistrust of others. They are constantly on guard, as they believe that everyone is trying to harm or belittle them.
What causes paranoid personality disorder?
Paranoid personality disorder is not due to one single factor, but to a complex interaction between environmental, genetic and psychological factors.
Who can develop a paranoid personality disorder?
Paranoid personality disorder is more commonly diagnosed in adults aged in their 20s and 30s. It is more common in men.
How is paranoid personality disorder diagnosed?
There is no single specific test used to diagnose paranoid personality disorder; instead, healthcare professionals use specially-designed interview and assessment tools to evaluate a person for a personality disorder.
How is paranoid personality disorder treated?
Paranoid personality disorder can be very difficult to treat. As people with this disorder have such a strong distrust of others, they can struggle to trust their healthcare provider and follow a treatment plan. Medication can be used for …
Will paranoid personality disorder clear on its own?
Paranoid personality disorder is a lifelong condition, although the severity of symptoms typically eases by the time a person reaches their 40s or 50s.
What increases the chances of developing paranoid personality disorder?
Having a family history of personality disorder, or experiencing trauma during childhood, increases a persona's chances of developing paranoid personality disorder.
How common is paranoid personality disorder?
Paranoid personality disorder is estimated to affect up to one in every fifty people.
About this article
Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Paranoid personality disorder