What is paranoid personality disorder (PPD)?
PPD is a long-term mental health condition. PPD causes you to be suspicious, distrusting, and hostile toward others. These thoughts and behaviors can cause problems with your relationships and daily activities.
What causes PPD?
The cause may not be known. Your risk is higher if you have a family history of PPD, delusions, or schizophrenia. You are also at risk if you were abused or neglected as a child.
What are the symptoms of PPD?
You may have PPD if at least 5 of the following are true:
- You do not easily feel empathy (know how someone else feels). You often show no emotion when someone is upset. It is hard for you to have close relationships. You have trouble creating direction in your life. You do not have a sense of your own identity.
- You think other people will harm, trick, or take advantage of you. You think your friends are not loyal or have let you down. You suspect your partner has been unfaithful. You search for proof that your friends or partner cannot be trusted.
- You are nervous about talking to others. You are afraid they will use the information against you. You think certain people are trying to insult you, make you look bad, or threaten your reputation. You hear a person say one thing, but you think he or she means something else. You are defensive when others make comments. You argue, pick fights, or get angry.
- You often hold grudges. You cannot forgive people you think tried to hurt you. You may see certain people as your enemies. You may try to take legal action against them. read more