Paranoid Personality Disorder

Symptoms and Treatments

What is Paranoid Personality Disorder?

Paranoid personality disorder is a chronic and pervasive condition characterized by disruptive patterns of thought, behavior, and functioning. This disorder is thought to affect between one to two-percent of U.S. adults. Symptoms may often resemble schizophrenia and some research indicates that there may be a genetic link between the two disorders. Individuals with paranoid personality disorder are at a greater risk for experiencing depression, substance abuse, and agoraphobia.

Symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Individuals with paranoid personality disorder typically experience:

  • Chronic and pervasive distrust and suspicion of others.
  • Feelings that they are being lied to, deceived, or exploited by other people.
  • May believe that friends, family, and romantic partners are untrustworthy and unfaithful.
  • Outburst of anger in response to perceived deception.
  • Often described as cold, jealous, secretive, and serious.
  • Look for hidden meanings in gestures and conversations.

Treatments for Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid personality disorder is generally treated with psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is often effective in helping individuals adjust distorted thought patterns and maladaptive behaviors. Other therapy approaches includes group therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

In some cases, medication is used in combination with psychotherapy. Commonly prescribed drugs included antidepressants, anti-psychotics, and anti-anxiety medications. Medications alone are not a recommended treatment for personality disorders and are best used in combination with psychotherapy.


What is Five Gates Program?

The Five Gates Program is a form of Cognitive or Person Centered Psychotherapy. It is unique for its Fifth Gates which operates through a powerful healing principle Dr. Kesselman has labeled The Inverted Pyramid Effect, which is the remarkable healing engine by which people in reviewing sequentially the events in their lives and finding a logical explanations for each of their psychological pains specially Anxieties and Depressions, are able to experience the triggering of Clearing healing all of the later consequences and confusions associated with the psychological difficulties that has caused them to want to take the Five Gates Program.