Paranoid personality disorder
“Your mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.”― Banksy, Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall
Have you ever been in a relationship with a very possessive person? If yes then you must know that even if that person is very good in all other characteristics being extremely possessive or jealous is a toxic thing towards relationships.
What is Paranoid Personality Disorder?
Paranoid personality disorder is a disorder in which an individual is extremely suspicious of other people and thinks that other people are going to cheat or hurt him. This disorder is more prevalent in males as compared to females. Psychotherapy has been proved to be effective in reducing the way such illogical beliefs impair your social and personal relationships.
Causes of Paranoid Personality Disorder
Although the root cause of this disorder is not clear to the researchers however they are of the view that this disorder is because of heredity, excessively negative beliefs and previous history of being physically or emotionally hurt.
What are the symptoms of paranoid personality disorder?
We all get jealous when our best friends or partners interact with people of opposite gender but does this mean that we have paranoid personality disorder? In most cases no. Paranoid personality disorder is more than just being jealous or suspicious. We have outlined some major symptoms of paranoid personality disorder to give you an in-depth understanding of it:
- Doubting the devotion of others
- Believing that others have shrouded thought processes to hurt them
- Become socially separated
- Become so delicate to analysis
- Become irate rapidly
- Being contention and unfriendly
- Having difficulty in their issues
- Having difficulty unwinding
- Problems in working with others
Diagnosis of Paranoid Personality Disorder
Doctors can diagnose paranoid personality disorder by the methods which we discussed here:
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Diagnosis criteria by DSM-5
- Psychological testing
How Doctors Treat Paranoid Personality Disorder?
Doctors use some of the methodologies and techniques to treat paranoid personality disorder which include:
Doctors and psychiatrists may prescribe you some medications to overcome the symptoms that you experience. Mostly these medicines are antidepressants, benzodiazepines, mood stabilizers or some antipsychotics.
Paranoid personality disorder can be treated with the help of psychotherapy and it is a more effective method to treat this type of psychological problem when compared to medications.
Doctors may recommend some lifestyle changes to help you recover soon from this type of psychological disorder which involve:
- Be active.
- Take your medicines on time.
- Learn about your condition.
- Avoid intake of drugs and alcohol.
- Socialize often.
- Be optimistic.
Best treatment combination consists of psychotherapy along with some lifestyle changes to make you feel better within less time. In very serious cases a combination of all three treatment methods is also used to help the client. Reading about your disorder on internet can increase your insight but it is very important to take an expert advice from registered healthcare practitioner before you start any psychological treatment.