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How Being Paranoid Can Be A Sign Of An Underlying Mental Illness

“Don’t Talk to Strangers.” —– Demetri Martin 

Perhaps your parents used to tell you the words above when you were a kid. Back then, you were still innocent, and your parents only wanted to protect you from the cruelty of the world. They may have taught you to never trust any stranger because they might harm you. While being wary of strangers can be your first line of defense against harm and danger, there is a percentage of people who get too paranoid with the way they deal with things. Even if you already know a person, you couldn’t help but question their decisions, their motives, as well as their intentions of befriending with you. We’re aware that you really shouldn’t give your 100% trust to anyone in case of betrayal, but sometimes your hyperactivity with regards to judging and overanalyzing people can be signs of an underlying mental problem.

For some people, even if they already know a person, they cannot hep but question their decisions and their intentions of befriending you. We are aware that you should not give your 100% trust to anyone in case of betrayal, but sometimes your hyperactivity with regards to judging and overanalyzing people can be signs of an underlying mental problem.

Did you know that being too paranoid is actually a symptom of a mental illness? This is most commonly known as PPD (Paranoid Personality Disorder). Continue reading to know more about this disorder. 

 People With Paranoid Personality Are Difficult To Deal With


Since people with PPD are always suspicious of things, they can be very difficult to befriend and deal with. You will find yourself constantly reassuring the victim that you only have good intentions and that you’re clean and honest.

Meanwhile, patients with PPD are always caught up in their own world of defensiveness. We can easily judge them as rude and hostile, complainers and argumentative. They always throw themselves into chaoses that ultimately lead to broken friendships and relationships. It might be very difficult to deal with such people, but you have to understand that it is only their way of defending themselves.

Family Influence and Childhood Trauma Can Be Potential Causes of PPD

Mental Health Researchers are still carrying various studies to determine the exact cause of PPD. However, they have determined that some family influences and traumatic experiences from the patient’s childhood life may influence the development of PPD. PPD may exist within families that have a background of delusional disorders and schizophrenia. If you think your family has that family background, you might want to check out these symptoms to determine if your children can get this mental disorder:

  • Detachment.
  • Weak self-image.
  • Relentless suspicion.
  • Social isolation.
  • Paranoia.
  • Inability to collaborate.
  • Expectation they will be exploited.
  • Hypersensitive to criticism.
  • Argumentative and defensive.

It may surprise you to learn that PPD occurs in about 0.5%–2.5% of the general population. Men are more likely to suffer from this disorder than women.

 People With Paranoid Personality Disorder Can Be Helped


Even though this mental disorder is not popular compared to other mental disorders, the great news is that the victims can definitely be helped. Here are our three recommended technique to help you overcome your disorder.

 Learn More About the Disorder

If you suspect that you’re harboring the symptoms of PPD, it is important that you take a  deep, calming breath. The first thing you need to do is educate yourself about this disorder. If you are equipped with the right knowledge and information, you will be able to understand more about your problem and take the necessary next steps to cure it. You can find helpful online resources and books on AbeBooks or Amazon.

 Seek a Trustworthy and Professional Therapist

Now that you know about your disorder, you can seek a professional therapist. You need to understand that you cannot do it all alone. As such, you need to seek external help. A licensed and professional therapist can help you tackle these issues in a personal manner and help you overcome your disorder. However, before you book a session, you need to lower down your defenses to be able to trust your therapist instead of being suspicious of him.

 Enlist Family Support

Last but definitely not the least, you need to seek family support. Since you are suspicious of everyone around you, we know for sure that the only circle you can trust with all your heart is your family. Therefore, reach out to them and they will be able to help and support you to overcome your problem.

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