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Coping With Paranoia In A Loved One | Everyday Health
It is hard to remember a time when the marriage was tranquil. Rather, each year brings more drama, intensity, frustration, distance, and hostility. Efforts to improve the situation are temporary and shallow at best. There is something else happening other than poor communication skills. It might just be that one spouse has a personality disorder.
I used to think that a fat woman dating a thin man was a sin to the universe. It was something "not done," because the world simply wouldn't be able to digest it. It was, perhaps, OK for fat men to date thin women, because then they could protect the girl and succeed in their pre-destined duties of manliness.
Our concept of "paranoia" from films and television is centered around usually-comedic characters who think people are poisoning the water or reading their minds. But the reality of a particular kind of personality disorder is a more complex one: paranoid personality disorder PPD isn't related to delusions about aliens or malevolent secret "forces" in the world. It's related exclusively to other people, and sufferers view all other humans as potential threats who may at any point, for no reason, hurt or demean them. To be diagnosed with PPD , you have to have more than just a mild distrust of others; you have to exhibit, over a long period, an enormous, "omnipresent sense of distrust and unjustified suspicion," as Psychology Today terms it. It's a constant part of their life.