Your personality is your unique way of thinking, understanding, reacting, and relating to people.
A personality disorder Overview of Personality Disorders Your personality is your unique way of thinking, understanding, reacting, and relating to people. Many people might seem to have an unusual personality. But they're considered to have a personality... read more is not just an unusual personality. It's when your personality traits cause significant problems in your life or keep you from relating normally to others.
What is paranoid personality disorder?
Paranoid personality disorder is:
A pattern of mistrust and suspicion when there's no good reason to feel that way
People with paranoid personality disorder often:
See other people as hostile and dangerous and out to harm or cheat them
Misinterpret others' words or actions as insults when they aren't meant that way
Hold grudges, demand loyalty, and overreact when they think someone has betrayed them
Have trouble forming close relationships because they don't trust people
Are quick to lash out when they feel threatened
People with paranoid personality disorder may also have schizophrenia Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by loss of contact with reality (psychosis), hallucinations (usually, hearing voices), firmly held false beliefs (delusions), abnormal thinking... read more , anxiety Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Anxiety is being worried or nervous. Anxiety is often normal. For example, many people are anxious when they're having money problems, trouble at work, or family difficulties. However, if you're... read more , posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is when memories of a highly upsetting event keep coming back, over and over, to invade your thoughts. This lasts for more than a month and can go on for... read more , alcohol use disorder Alcohol Alcohol (ethanol) is a depressant. Consuming large amounts rapidly or regularly can cause health problems, including organ damage, coma, and death. Genetics and personal characteristics may... read more , or another personality disorder (such as borderline personality Borderline Personality Disorder Your personality is your unique way of thinking, understanding, reacting, and relating to people. A personality disorder isn't just an unusual personality. It's when your personality traits... read more ).
What causes paranoid personality disorder?
Doctors think paranoid personality disorder runs in families. Childhood experiences (such as being abused) may make someone more likely to get paranoid personality disorder.
How do doctors treat paranoid personality disorder?
Doctors treat paranoid personality disorder with:
Sometimes, medicines such as antidepressants and antipsychotics