Paranoid personality disorder is characterized by a distrust of others and a constant suspicion that people around you have sinister motives. People with this disorder tend to have excessive trust in their own knowledge and abilities and usually avoid close relationships. They search for hidden meanings in everything and read hostile intentions into the actions of others. They are quick to challenge the loyalties of friends and loved ones and often appear cold and distant. They usually shift blame to other people and tend to carry long grudges.
Paranoid personality disorder is difficult to treat, as paranoids are often extremely suspicious of medical professionals.
A combination of medication and talk therapy can be effective at combating the more debilitating symptoms of this disorder.
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Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professionals, Families, and Sufferers
"Patients, family members, co-workers, and friends will benefit from practical advice illustrated with well-chosen examples."
The Two-Edged Sword: A Study of the Paranoid Personality in Action
"Is paranoia all that bad? Not at all, if it is under control, say our authors. It actually is a valuable and necessary part of our personality. But too much or too little affects you adversely."