Paranoid Personality Disorder

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Paranoid Personality Disorder:
A Synopsis of the Disorder

Submitted by: Lisa M. Pozzi
Rock Valley College
PSY 250
Submitted to: Dr. Robert Schilf
Definition

Paranoid personality disorder can be explained as a psychiatric diagnosis in which a person may have an ongoing suspiciousness and mistrust for others. Someone who is paranoid is said to have constant anxiety or fear, often to the point of delusion and irrationality. A personality disorders is a mental disorder characterized by severe and continuing patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviors. According to Linda Lebelle, when the behavior is inflexible, maladaptive, and antisocial, then that individual is diagnosed with a personality disorder. A person with paranoid personality disorder tends to be very serious and lacks a sense of humor. Without having any proof, these individuals often fear that people will harm or cheat them in some way. For example, this disorder might be recognized in individuals who are constantly looking over their shoulders and thinking that people are pursuing them and/or making signals to one another about them. In stories of individuals who are affected by a love one with this disorder, a young lady speaks out about her father and says; “He loves mind games and managed to convince my mother that from age 12 I was one of the spies against him and I frequently reported to my masters using Hitler’s Nazi Youth organizations as examples.” In this situation, the disorder developed years after being married and having children and has been very destructive to the family. Close and intimate relationships are usually very challenging or non existent for individuals with this disorder. They often fear that any information they might share could be used against them. (Richard M. Ryckman, p. 229) These feeling of negativity towards others are usually completely oblivious to a person with PPD. It is important to know that paranoid personality disorder is a borderline neurosis...
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