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Paranoid Personality Disorder and Domestic Violence
Persons with paranoid disorder usually will have suspiciousness, litigiousness, jealousy, and envy. A person with this disorder may not look in to the depth of a particular problem. A person having paranoid personality disorder will have a tendency to blame others. These person may not have any sense of humor at all. Sometimes a person with this disorder thinks everyone is “out to get them” or others are trying to make them miserable.
This disorder can contribute to violence in the relationship because your partner will constantly accuse of doing things you aren’t doing such as cheating, plotting against them with others, or try to convince you that what they are thinking, you should be thinking too. If you do not agree with them or show some sort of resistance, some people suffering from this may lash out violently or verbally. PPD sufferers can be very hard to live with and often have trouble maintaining long term relationships.
Treatment of PPD is tricky because the person trusts no one including doctors. Prozac has been proved to help if the patient will take it. Seeing a psychiatrist is helpful after the person has been on medication for awhile. The meds will calm the person enough to be open with their doctors even though that may take weeks or even months in some cases.
I do not intend for this article to be a way to dismiss or make an excuse for domestic violence occurrences in your home or the home of someone you know who is being abused. During the calming part of an episode, you may suggest to your abuser that this could be a probable cause of their violent behavior. This could open dialogue for the two of you to seek professional help.
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