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Paranoid personality disorder

Paranoid personality disorder is characterized by a long-standing pattern of distrust and suspicion of others, but without having a full-blown psychotic disorder like schizophrenia. The cause of paranoid personality disorder is unknown, though it’s more common in men and in those with a family history of psychotic disorders (like schizophrenia and delusional disorder). Individuals with paranoid personality disorder are very suspicious of others, including doctors, and this can make treatment difficult. Even so, talk therapy and medication have both been found to be effective.

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