Have you ever felt hypersensitive, distrustful, or suspicious towards someone or something? Imagine feeling that way all the time, regardless of the person, place, or situation in question. That’s paranoid personality disorder.
Dr. Ramani is an expert when it comes to diagnosing and treating paranoid personality disorder. In this groundbreaking educational series, she puts that expertise to use and sheds light on everything you need to know about PPD, from spotting the signs and symptoms, to what the screening process looks like, to treatment options and long-term management.
Kyle and Dr. Ramani kick off the series with an in-depth discussion on how paranoid personality disorder is actually much different than most people think: it is a far cry from the conventional understanding of paranoia as a symptom of schizophrenia or other mental health conditions. The hypersensitivity and suspiciousness that come with PPD are much more grounded in reality.
Dr. Ramani also explains each major type/pattern of PPD: obdurate paranoid, fanatic paranoid, querulous paranoid, insular paranoid, and malignant paranoid.
Some demographics are more likely than others to suffer from paranoid personality disorder. In Session 2, Dr. Ramani explains the causes and risk factors behind the onset of PPD, and who is most likely to suffer from the condition.
According to Dr. Ramani, when it comes to a mental health diagnosis, “the label of the disorder matters less than the patterns.” This is especially true for paranoid personality disorder, which Dr. Ramani explains should be named “hypersensitive personality disorder.” In Session 3, Dr. Ramani breaks down those behavior patterns and how you can spot them.
What comes after spotting the signs? Diagnosis. And the first step in finding the right treatment is achieving the correct diagnosis. In Session 4, Dr. Ramani walks through the key seven symptoms used to diagnose paranoid personality disorder.
Aside from the diagnostic criteria, understanding the actual screening process is a crucial part of ensuring you or your loved one gets the right diagnosis. In Session 5, Dr. Ramani sheds light on how someone with paranoid personality disorder typically ends up in a psychiatrist’s or psychologist’s office in the first place, the steps taken to assess them, and how to convince someone with PPD to see a professional at all.
Treatment can be tricky for any mental health issue, but especially so when it comes to paranoid personality disorder. In Session 6, Dr. Ramani explains how to navigate the tricky road to treatments, therapies, and interventions, and what treatment options are available.
Finding treatment is only half the battle, though. What does ‘success’ look like when it comes to managing paranoid personality disorder? In our final session, Dr. Ramani shares key treatment management tips and self-help strategies that patients and supporters alike can use in the long-term.
This series debunks the mystery behind paranoid personality disorder and shines a light on the true signs, symptoms, treatment options, and long-term wellness strategies.