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Paranoid Personality Disorder

Personality disorders are mental health conditions that can significantly affect a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is one such condition that is characterized by persistent distrust and suspicion of others, including their motives and intentions. Solara Mental Health is a residential mental health treatment center in San Diego, California, that provides holistic and evidence-based therapies for veterans struggling with different mental health disorders, including PPD. This blog post will provide an overview of PPD, its causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Definition of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is characterized by a pervasive distrust and suspiciousness of others. People with PPD tend to be overly sensitive to criticism, often perceiving it as an attack on their character or motives. They may also be preoccupied with conspiracies and believe that others are out to harm them. This condition affects around 2.3% of the US population and is more common in men than women.

Causes of Paranoid Personality Disorder

The exact causes of PPD are not yet fully understood. However, research suggests that a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors may contribute to its development. People with a family history of PPD or other mental health conditions may be more likely to develop the disorder. Childhood experiences, such as abuse or neglect, may also increase the risk of developing PPD. Additionally, chronic stress and trauma, such as combat experiences in veterans, may contribute to the development of this disorder.

Symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder

People with Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) have a persistent distrust and suspicion of others, even when there is no reason for it. They often interpret the actions and motives of others as malevolent or threatening, which can lead to conflicts and difficulties in their personal and professional relationships. Some of the common symptoms of PPD include:

  • Suspicions and mistrust:
    People with PPD are often suspicious of others and deeply mistrust people’s intentions. They may believe that others are trying to harm, deceive, or exploit them.
  • Hypervigilance:
    People with PPD are often hypervigilant and always on the lookout for signs of danger or threat. They may be easily startled or constantly feel on edge.
  • Isolation:
    Due to their suspicions and mistrust, people with PPD often isolate themselves from others. They may avoid social situations or withdraw from relationships, leading to loneliness and isolation.
  • Hostility:
    People with PPD can be hostile and confrontational, particularly when they feel threatened or challenged. They may be quick to anger, have difficulty forgiving others, and hold grudges.
  • Rigidity:
    People with PPD often have rigid and inflexible thinking patterns. They may be unwilling to consider alternative viewpoints or opinions and may insist on doing things their way.
  • Inability to forgive:
    People with PPD may have difficulty forgiving others and holding grudges for long periods. They may also be very sensitive to criticism and may take any perceived slight as a personal attack.

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Treatment for Paranoid Personality Disorder

PPD is a challenging condition to treat, and most people with this disorder do not seek help due to their distrust of others. However, with the right approach, many people with PPD can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. The treatment for PPD at Solara Mental Health involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, and holistic therapies, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): This therapy helps people with PPD to identify and challenge their negative and paranoid thoughts and develop more positive and realistic ones.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): This therapy helps people with PPD to manage their emotions and improve their interpersonal relationships.
  • Medication: Antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers may be prescribed to manage the symptoms of PPD.
  • Holistic Therapies: Mindfulness, yoga, and meditation can help people with PPD to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and improve their mood.

Prevention of Paranoid Personality Disorder

Prevention of Paranoid Personality Disorder:

While there is no surefire way to prevent the development of Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD), there are some measures that individuals can take to reduce their risk of developing this disorder.

  • Addressing childhood trauma: Research has shown that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), such as physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction, can increase the risk of developing PPD. Therefore, addressing any past traumas through therapy, counseling, or support groups is essential to minimize the risk of developing PPD.
  • Seeking help for mental health conditions: Untreated mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression, can increase the risk of developing PPD. Therefore, it’s crucial to seek treatment for any mental health condition as soon as possible to reduce the risk of developing PPD.
  • Reducing chronic stress: Chronic stress can negatively impact physical and mental health, including increasing the risk of developing PPD. Therefore, individuals can reduce chronic stress by practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga, or engaging in physical activities, such as exercise, sports, or hobbies.
  • Early intervention and treatment: Early intervention and treatment for PPD can help prevent the disorder from becoming more severe and debilitating. It’s essential to seek help from a qualified mental health professional who can provide a comprehensive evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses the unique needs and challenges of the individual.

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent the development of Paranoid Personality Disorder, addressing childhood trauma, seeking help for mental health conditions, reducing chronic stress, and seeking early intervention and treatment can help reduce the risk of developing this disorder. At Solara Mental Health, their team of experienced professionals can provide individualized and compassionate care to help veterans who may be struggling with mental health disorders such as PPD. Through a combination of evidence-based and holistic therapies, veterans can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Personality Disorders Among Veterans

Personality disorders are fairly common among combat veterans. And many veterans diagnosed with PTSD  suffer co-occurring symptoms of other mental health conditions, including personality disorders such as HPT.

Solara Mental Health in San Diego, California, has a contract with VA insurance which allows them to provide affordable mental health services to veterans. Solara offers treatment for personality disorders—including histrionic personality disorder—to veterans in need. With authorization, Solara can also provide transportation, housing, and other accommodations for veterans.

At Solara Mental Health, veterans can receive treatment for a variety of conditions and disorders, including antisocial personality disorder. Contact us today to learn more about our treatment options, including what mental health services may be covered by the VA.

Get the Help you Need at Solara Mental Health

PPD is a challenging personality disorder that can significantly impact a person’s life. However, with the right treatment approach, people with PPD can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Solara Mental Health offers individualized and compassionate care to veterans who are struggling with mental health disorders, including PPD. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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What Our Clients Say


I have never felt better than I do now, since completing your program. The truly caring and supportive staff and the intensive program changed my life. What a neat place to stay for treatment – I love Pacific Beach! I have learned skills and behavior to move forward with my life thanks to you.

Watson Family

Solara’s program was such a positive experience for our mom (and for us)! She had become almost impossible to deal with. Your entire staff was phenomenally supportive and kind and patient with her. We feel like we’ve got our mom back, now.

M.P. – Father

Your program provided our daughter with the most masterful therapist we have ever encountered (and we have used many).  She has had an unbelievable ability to see the long-term trajectory of our daughter’s treatment and to approach her treatment in stages that fit where my daughter’s development was.  We can’t say enough positive about her.


The program has given me the tools I needed to really gain stability. For the first time in years – maybe for as long as I can remember, actually, I’m learning how to cope and manage my stressors and triggers. I now believe that I can find some relief and happiness.

Michelle Family

I want to thank you and the entire staff and support system at Solara for taking such good care of my sister. On behalf of my entire family, we want you all to understand that your patience and kindness stretches further than you can see… Thank you, again and again, from the bottom of my heart.


The Solara Treatment Program was a life-changing experience for me. To be able to heal in such a beautiful, peaceful environment, with such a terrific treatment team, was so amazingly positive. I have found my true self, again. I thank you and my family thanks you for helping me become the person I was meant to be.


The therapists and counselors and really whole team were extremely beneficial to me and my understanding of my issues. The treatment plan they developed was exactly what I needed

R.M. – Father

If not for Solara Mental Health, I am almost positive that our daughter would not be as advanced in her treatment, and would not have the almost miraculous confident and positive outlook that she has.


The Solara program is truly amazing. I’ve never had more clarity or more good energy in my entire life. The attention the physicians and the therapists gave me was outstanding. I feel like they truly understood and addressed my issues, which had consumed my life for years. Thank you all.


Even though I’m not religious, I realized when I got sober that for the first time in my life I wanted to explore my spiritual side. I benefited hugely from the individual spiritual sessions that I had with Chris. I’m really grateful for that aspect of the whole treatment experience.


Solara was truly a life-changing experience for me and for our children, because of what you did for my wife! The treatment team was phenomenally supportive and perfect for helping her with her anxiety and depression. We are all now moving forward to put our lives back together and it started with you all in Pacific Beach. Thank you for what you do.


We are so grateful to you for the treatment and care you provided our daughter. She is doing unbelievably well now thanks to your program. We will gladly tell anyone we encounter that needs treatment about the wonderful work you do at Solara.

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