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Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms

 Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms manifest after a person has experienced a traumatizing event, in which their mistrust of another human being, reached epic proportions. Examples of these events could be:
  • rape
  • sexual abuse by a family member
  • murder of a family member

Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms identified

The American Psychiatric Association presents strict criteria which must be met, before a person can be classified as having Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms.

  1. The person must fulfil the criteria of having a personality disorder.
  2. The person must have 4 to 7 specific signs which indicate Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms.
  3. The person must have had these symptoms for many years.

The specific criteria for diagnosing Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms, vary slightly, from one school of thought to another, but here are a few general guidelines:

  1. abnormal mistrust 
  2. easily feeling criticised 
  3. spending vast amounts of time, trying to ‘prove’ that their suspicions are correct
  4. obsession with self
  5.  sense of worthlesness, mixed with a sense of entitlement (which are contradictory emotions)
  6. sexual relationships comprise most of the above symptoms, and manifest in the person with Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms as:about paranoid personality disorder symptoms
  • pathlogical jealousy
  • continuous suspicions of cheating
  • outrageous attempts to control their partner, in the hope that these methods of control will prevent their partner from cheating

Types and tendencies of Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptoms

There are different types of Paranoid Personalities, for example, negative paranoia, sadistic paranoia, and narcissistic paranoia.

There are also different tendencies that a Paranoid Personality may exhibit, for example, depression, substance abuse, and psychotic episodes.

This is why it is not easy to diagnose a Paranoid Personality Disorder, as each person is ‘coloured’ by their unique blend of type, tendency, and criteria.


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