Paranoid personality disorder

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Learning Issue: Paranoid personality disorder (PSD)-MH Definition: Persons with this disorder are characterized by long-standing suspicious and mistrust of persons in general. Risk Factors or Predisposing Factors: Relatives with schizophrenia show a higher incidence of PSD than in controls. Epidemiology: Affects .5 to 2.5% of the population. Those affected rarely seek treatment, and if referred for treatment they act as if they are undistressed. It is more common in men than women, with not familial pattern. Prevalence is higher among minority groups, immigrants, and persons who are deaf. Clinical Features: The hallmark of this disorder are excessive suspicious and distrust of others expressed as a pervasive tendency to interpret actions of others as deliberately demeaning, malevolent, threatening, exploiting, or deceiving. o May expect to be exploited or harmed by others o May dispute loyalty or trustworthiness of friends and associates o May get jealous and question partners fidelity o
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