Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder

This condition manifests itself as an unwarranted tendency to interpret the actions of other people as deliberately threatening or demeaning. People with a paranoid personality disorder are suspicious of other people, and they are usually unable to acknowledge their own negative feelings towards others.

The causes and means of preventing this disorder are unknown, but the incidence appears increased in families with a schizophrenic member. Histories of paranoid behavior are common, and a psychological evaluation is needed to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment is difficult because the person’s traits make it difficult to form a professional relationship. The health care provider should respect interpersonal distance, and avoid defensiveness or attempts at humor. Prognosis is poor; people with this disorder tend to resist treatment.

 


Signs, symptoms & indicators of Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder

Symptoms - General  

Low level of tolerance

Being unforgiving is a possible symptom of paranoid personality disorder.



 

Poor ability to relax



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - General  

Good ability to relax



Symptoms - Mind - Emotional  

Impatient/hostile disposition

Argumentativeness and hostility are possible signs of paranoid personality disorder.



Symptoms - Mind - General  

A suspicious nature

Symptoms of paranoid personality disorder include suspicion, concern with hidden motives and expecting to be exploited by others.



 

Being an antisocial person

The inability to collaborate with others and social isolation are possible symptoms of paranoid personality disorder.



 

Being detached from reality

Being detached can be a symptom of paranoid personality disorder.



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Mind - General  

Being a sociable person

The inability to collaborate with others and social isolation are possible symptoms of paranoid personality disorder.



 

A trusting nature

Symptoms of paranoid personality disorder include suspicion, concern with hidden motives and expecting to be exploited by others.




Conditions that suggest Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder

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Risk factors for Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder

Family History  

Schizophrenia in family members

The incidence of paranoid personality disorder appears increased in families with a schizophrenic member.



Hormones  


Metabolic  

Pyroluria

Pyroluria can cause hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.




Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder can lead to

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Recommendations for Paranoia/Paranoid Personality Disorder

Oriental Medicine  


Psychological  


Key

Weak or unproven link
Strong or generally accepted link
Weakly counter-indicative
Strongly counter-indicative
Likely to help
Highly recommended

Glossary

Pyroluria

This condition is caused by an overproduction during hemoglobin synthesis of kryptopyrrole, which chemically combines with vitamin B6 and zinc, resulting in their excretion and a severe deficiency of both of these essential nutrients. Most pyroluric individuals never develop schizophrenia symptoms.

Hallucination

A false or distorted perception of objects or events, including sensations of sight, sound, taste, smell or touch, typically accompanied by a powerful belief in their reality.

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