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Symptoms of Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder and Treatment Methods

Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder | Paradigm Malibu

What is a Personality Disorder?

 

A personality disorder is considered to be a mental illness in which there are long-lasting unhealthy behaviors, thought patterns, and inner experiences, which seem to hold true across many areas of an adolescent’s life and are not usually well accepted in the culture. These patterns tend to develop early and are typically unchanging or inflexible, bringing about significant distress in life.

 

Symptoms of Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder

 

A teen exhibiting traits of Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) might be suspicious, argumentative, paranoid, and continually on the lookout for deceit. He or she might have a tendency to be jealous, blame others, and be cold and humorless. Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder is marked by a profound, long-term, and unjustified conviction that other people are hostile, dangerous, and out to get them. It often leads to social isolation.

 

Symptoms of PPD include:

  • Suspicious, without sufficient basis, that others are exploiting, harming, or deceiving him or her
  • Preoccupation with unjustified doubts about the loyalty or trustworthiness of friends or associates
  • Reluctant to confide in others because of unwarranted fear that the information will be used maliciously against him or her
  • Interprets hidden demeaning or threatening meanings into benign remarks or events
  • Persistently holds grudges (i.e., is unforgiving of insults, injuries, or slights)
  • Perceives attacks on his or her character or reputation that are not apparent to others, and is quick to react angrily or to counterattack
  • Has recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding fidelity of spouse or sexual partner

 

It is important to note the some teens might experience minor paranoia and some moodiness as a part of adolescence, without interference in their ability to function. However, if these symptoms are experienced for a lengthy amount of time and if they get in the way of their ability to do well at school or perform well at work, PPD might be considered. Sometimes, however, paranoia can be a symptom of depression. In a depressed, a teen might feel as though they cannot trust anyone. As a result, he or she may begin to withdraw from social activities, friends, and school events. Of course, paranoia might also be the side effect of certain drugs, such as marijuana. These symptoms of paranoia need to be clinically assessed to be sure that PPD is the appropriate diagnosis.

 

Treatment for Paranoid Personality Disorder

 

If PPD is in fact the mental illness that a teen exhibits, treatment can be difficult because symptoms are typically long lasting and enduring. Furthermore, after reading the list of symptoms above, it might be clear that attempting to develop a level of trust with a PPD will have its obstacles. That adolescent will likely not believe in or confide in a therapist due to consistent suspicions, doubts, and possible perceived attacks by the therapist. For this reason, teen paranoid personality disorder treatment usually consists of ongoing, long-term psychotherapy with a mental health professional that specializes in this disorder. Medication might also be used as a part of the treatment plan in order to manage symptoms. However, the bulk of the treatment and the source of change will be within the therapeutic environment.

 

The ideal treatment is a combination of therapy along with medication, which can provide some relief of symptoms. If there are any signs that indicate an enduring pattern of paranoia, the next step is to seek the professional assistance of a mental health professional.

Paradigm Malibu is an adolescent mental health and drug treatment center dedicated to identifying, understanding and properly treating the core issues that impact teens and their families.

3 responses to “Symptoms of Teen Paranoid Personality Disorder and Treatment Methods

  1. I think my son is delaying signs of PPD. He doesn’t want to go school because he thinks people is talking about his hair cut. He sees a therapist and psychiatrist. He’s been hospitalized with depression and suicide. How do I help him? He has to go to school. Everyday he says he going but he never goes.
    I need some advice.
    Frustrated mom

  2. Im also experiencing a very simular issue with my 15 yr old boy., depression paranoid and sickly..wants to go to school but has a hard time staying for the day..always feels that someones gonna be hurt or they are talking negatively about him. Im afraid for him but dont know how to help him see that all of these thi gs hes perceiving are simply not true..we have started councleing and phy eval is been scheduled… Parent of worried teen

  3. My friend suffered because of ppd. Some of our classmates get angry because of her. She always thinks what ppl will say about her. Even me her friend she thinks im backstabbing her.

    Worried friend

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