Personality disorder refers to a kind of mental illness in which the way that you relate to others, perceive situations and the pattern of your thinking are dysfunctional. Personality disorder is a broad, inclusive term because there are many different, specific kinds of personality disorders.
Personality disorder describes a rigid and potentially self-destructive or self-denigrating way of thinking and behaving no matter what the situation is. This leads to hurting your ability to carry out routine functions at work, social situations or school. Personality disorder causes distress in your life.
You may or may not know that you have a personality disorder. This is because the way that you think and act is probably the way you think it should be. You may feel like others are responsible for your circumstances.
Paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is one of several personality disorders. It should not be confused with paranoid schizophrenia, which is a chronic mental illness that is characterized by beliefs that have no basis in reality (delusions) and hearing things that are not real (auditory hallucinations).
Paranoid personality disorder is characterized by paranoia. Paranoia is an exaggerated or unfounded mistrust of others that can reach delusional proportions. People with paranoid personality disorder question the motives of others and believe that people in general or certain individuals are “out to get them”.
It has been estimated that as many as 4.5% of the general population have paranoid personality disorder. It is more common in males than females.
The primary indication of paranoid personality disorder is a deep suspicion and distrust of other people and usually not being able to admit those negative feelings being directed at others. Other signs and symptoms of PPD are:
- A poor self image
- Not being able to work together with other people
- Deep suspicion and concern that other people have hidden motives
- Being socially isolated
- A believe that other people will use and exploit them
- Holding grudges and being unforgiving
- Being hypersensitive and taking criticism poorly
- An inability to relax
- Having recurring, unfounded suspicions that their lover or spouse is being unfaithful.
You or a loved one may have paranoid personality disorder. This disorder and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with PPD may be the reason that you or your loved one is disabled and in need of assistance.
You or your loved one may have applied for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration because of the disability caused by paranoid personality disorder and/or complications resulting from or other conditions along with PPD? Were you or your loved one denied?
If you decide to appeal the denial by the Social Security Administration, always remember. People who are represented by a disability lawyer like the one at Social Security Home are approved more often than those without an attorney.