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Mental health matters: Paranoid personality disorder

May 5, 2012
The Marietta Times

Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a psychiatric condition characterized by an unrelenting and long-term suspicion and mistrust of others, but without a psychotic disorder, such as schizophrenia. The disorder, which usually appears by early adulthood, occurs in approximately 1.1 percent of the population, more commonly in males. In Personality Disorders in Social Work and Health Care, author Greg Lister, Ph.D., states that the diagnostic criteria are the presence of at least four of the following seven characteristics:

 
 

 

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