Who Is This Paranoid Personality Disorder Quiz For?

Below is a list of questions that relate to life experiences common among people who have been diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder. Please read each question carefully, and indicate how often you have experienced the same or similar challenges in the past few months.

How Accurate Is It?

This quiz is NOT a diagnostic tool. Mental health disorders can only be diagnosed by licensed healthcare professionals.

Psycom believes assessments can be a valuable first step toward getting treatment. All too often people stop short of seeking help out of fear their concerns aren’t legitimate or severe enough to warrant professional intervention.

Your privacy is important to us. All results are completely anonymous.

Are you ever suspicious of other people or question their motives?
Do you believe people are trying to harm or trick you, even if there’s no evidence?
Do you feel suspicious of people who have acted loyally towards you?
Do you hesitate to confide in others?
Do you perceive nonthreatening remarks as insults or as personal attacks?
Do you respond with hostility or anger when you feel insulted?
Do you hold grudges?
Do you suspect that your romantic partner is unfaithful?

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Paranoid Personality Disorder FAQs

How long does it take to diagnose paranoid personality disorder?

To diagnose paranoid personality disorder (PPD) a doctor will start by performing a complete medical history and physical examination. The doctor might use various diagnostic tests to rule out physical illness as the cause of the symptoms. If the doctor finds no physical reason for the symptoms, they might refer the person to a psychiatrist or psychologist, who will use specifically design assessment tools to make a diagnosis. Personality disorder diagnoses are typically made in individuals 18 or older. People under 18 are typically not diagnosed with personality disorders because their personalities are still developing.

Who can diagnose paranoid personality disorder?

Only a trained mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist or psychologist, has the knowledge and experience to diagnose paranoid personality disorder. You may use self-assessment tools like Psycom’s paranoid personality disorder test as a first step to identify if you may be experiencing symptoms of the disorder, but a formal diagnosis can only be made by a licensed mental health professional or doctor.

How is paranoid personality disorder diagnosed?

Paranoid personality disorder can be diagnosed by a mental health professional or doctor. If your doctor finds no physical reason for the symptoms you are experiencing, they may refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist for a thorough mental health evaluation. Your healthcare provider will use the criteria outlined in the DSM-5, a specifically designed interview, and other assessment tools to consider a possible diagnosis.

What causes paranoid personality disorder?

The exact cause of paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is not known, but it likely involves a combination of biological and psychological factors. Research has shown that PPD is more common in people who are closely related to people with schizophrenia, suggesting a link between to the two disorders. Other environmental factors, such as the impact of early childhood experiences, are also thought to be part of the development of PPD.

What does it feel like to have paranoid personality disorder?

People with paranoid personality disorder (PPD) have a hard time trusting others and often believe others are using or deceiving them. This can cause people with PPD to feel like they always need to be on-guard or skeptical of the intentions of those around them. For some people with PPD, it can feel like everyone is against them. As a result, they are reluctant to confide in others and are hypersensitive to criticism.

How is paranoid personality disorder treated?

Many people with paranoid personality disorder (PPD) may not seek treatment on their own accord, either because they do not see that their behaviors are out of the ordinary or because they are distrusting of other people, including the healthcare professionals wanting to help them. Treatment for PPD is usually centered on psychotherapy. While there are no specific medications to treat PPD, medication may be prescribed if symptoms are severe or to treat co-occurring conditions, like anxiety or depression.

What is the difference between paranoid personality disorder and schizophrenia?

While both paranoid personality disorder and schizophrenia share the symptoms of mistrust in others, withdrawing from society, and being out of touch with reality, schizophrenia differs from paranoid personality disorder in that delusions and hallucinations are present. People with paranoid personality disorder may have unfounded beliefs about the people and situations around them, but these are not a result of actual delusions or hallucinations.

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Last Updated: Aug 4, 2021