This forum is for questions and support pertaining to mental health issues such as: Anger, Dementia, Depression, Family Problems, Memory Problems, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Schizophrenia, Transitions and Work Problems.
My question concerns a family member who I believe has a Paranoid Personality Disorder. I have some limited psychiatric training, and have done much research in trying to find the basis of her problems. PPD fits the bill with a capital "B". She meets all of the criteria (in spades). Previous marriage of 17 years appeared mostly normal to most of us. Signals went up when she divorced and remarried. We have since discovered that the previous 17 years were much of the same, but hidden from other family members. Relationship with current husband was in about 3rd week when "irrational jealousy" instances surfaced.
There is no pat answer for this. Nothing you do will make much difference unless she agrees to treatment. Confronting paranoid ideation only drives it deeper into hiding or causes it to be worse. Going along with it makes it stronger. Staying away from it is the only course for an outsider...the husband should seek professional help for a detail response.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.