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October 2010

Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder

by Staff, on at risk youth, paranoid personality disorder, teen disorders, Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder, teen personality disorder, teen ppd

PPD or Paranoid Personality Disorder falls under the eccentric personality disorder group. Most teens with PPD seem very odd or simply strange; they tend to suffer from constant paranoia, great mistrust and are always suspicious of others even when there is no reason to be. PPD appears in early teen years and usually affects more men than it does women.

Paranoid Personality Disorder makes affected teens to always be on the lookout for trouble with their guards up. They have a strong sensation that someone is out to harm them. Such behavior and mistrust makes it hard for teens with PPD to form meaningful relationships, even when they do they don’t usually last long.

Some of the traits of teens with Paranoid Personality Disorder:

-    Always mistrust others
-    They doubt the loyalty and mostly believe that everyone around them is against them
-    Never give up personal information out of fear
-    Rarely confine in others
-    They tend to hold a grudge and remember for a long time
-    Don’t take criticism very well
-    Often find hidden meanings in talk of others
-    Hallucinate that people are chasing them or attacking them which sometimes leads to a violent reaction
-    If they have a relationship they are very suspicious and often think that their partner is unfaithful
-    They cannot see that they are wrong with their thoughts
-    Can be hostile and prone to arguments

Like with most Personality Disorders, the cause of Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder is not exactly known. Research shows that both genetic and environmental factors play a significant role in the development of PPD. But research has pointed out that people who have a family history of schizophrenia are more likely to develop PPD, which shows great connection with genetic predisposition. Early childhood trauma is also one of the greatest causes of PPD.

The same as most personality disorders, people with PPD don’t realize they have a problem and are not likely to seek professional help unless other issues appear. Teens with Paranoid Personality Disorder pose quite a challenge for most therapists as the talk therapy relies on trust, and that is something teens with PPD don’t give easily. In most cases medication therapy for patients with PPD is avoided, the only cases where medication is used is when the symptoms of paranoia are too extreme or when there are other psychological problems involved. In those cases medication prescribed usually involves antidepressants, anti anxiety pills and anti psychotic drugs. Staff