Paranoid Personality Disorder

An enduring and pervasive pattern of lasting distrust and suspicion of others, interpreting their motives as malevolent.

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Is there a test for Paranoid Personality Disorder?

Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with paranoid personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you often feel that other people are taking advantage of you, hurting you, or lying to you?

  • Do you often doubt the trustworthiness of friends, colleagues, and partners?

  • Do you have a difficult time trusting other people?

  • Do you keep things to yourself so others won't use them against you?

  • Do you often feel threatened or offended by others?

  • Do you need a lot of time to forgive someone?

  • Do you quickly get angry when someone insults or criticizes you?

  • Do you often suspect your partner of infidelity?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have paranoid personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.


What are the symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder?

Paranoid Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:

  • Difficulty with interpersonal relationships

  • Difficulty confiding in other people

  • Difficulty relaxing

  • Hypersensitivity to criticism

  • Prejudice against other cultures or groups of other people

​If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.