We are often inclined to accuse people of being paranoid when they suspect something bad is about to happen. It is a word that gets bandied about too liberally at times, though, and simply being unsure about certain people or scenarios does not necessarily make them paranoid. It might even be that their fears are entirely rational.
Paranoid Personality Disorder Syndrome (PPD) is a condition where the person suffers from an irrational and often intense distrust of other people. They will persistently be suspicious and even think that other people or organisations or trying to harm them in some way. It is a condition that has the potential to destroy lives, and there are some symptoms that help us to identify the condition.
Paranoid Personality Disorder Symptom #1: Think They’re A Target
A person with paranoid personality disorder will often be convinced that others are out to get them. It could be an individual that they know, organisations such as governments, or even everybody around them. They can feel as though they are constantly under surveillance and that nefarious characters are just waiting for their chance to move in.
The vast majority of the time, these fears are completely unfounded, and there is no genuine reason to believe they are being targeted by anybody. It can affect people in degrees from making them feel slightly uncomfortable, to being outright terrified. It can cause people to become trapped in their own home or anywhere else they see as a refuge.