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Are you looking at me? Understanding and managing paranoid personality disorder

  • Andrew Carroll

Paranoid personality disorder is a neglected topic in clinical psychiatry, and is often the subject of diagnostic confusion and therapeutic pessimism. This article presents a summary of the key diagnostic issues relating to paranoid personality disorder and describes various psychological and social processes mooted to be central to the genesis of paranoid thinking and behaviours. The evidence relating to paranoid personality disorder and risk of violence is summarised and clinically useful guidance for the safe treatment of people with the disorder is outlined.

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Dr Andrew Carroll, c/o Forensicare, Locked Bag 10, Fairfield, VIC 3078, Australia. Email:
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