Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder

  • Pattern of pervasive mistrust and suspicion of others and misinterpretation of others’ motives as malevolent
  • Possible hereditary link and studies revealed high incidences of paranoid disorder among relatives of individuals with schizophrenia and delusional disorder
  • Psychological factors include a history of childhood trauma, including neglect, parental antagonism and harassment (Perceiving the world as harsh and unkind requiring protective vigilance and mistrust)
  • Begins in early adulthood and remains present in a variety of contexts
  • Clinical picture:
    • Suspicious
      • unsupported by evidence
    • Mistrustful
    • “On guard” ( hypervigilant)
    • Fear others will hurt them
    • Lack the “milk of human kindness”
    • Blame others for their shortcomings