Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professionals, Families, and Sufferers

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2004 - Psychology - 252 pages
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In this insightful book, the author vividly takes the reader inside the minds of people who are paranoid: experiencing delusions of persecution ranging from thinking others are out to get them to falsely believing they have physical illness. Kantor also explains to us other facets of the Paranoid Personality, including suspiciousness, hypersensitivity, extreme vigilance, simmering anger, and a tendency to blame others for and absolve oneself of almost everything. How does such paranoia affect one's life? Whether one is a paranoiac wanting to recover from the emotional disorder, or a person looking for the best way to deal with a paranoid husband, wife, friend, boss, or acquaintance, this book offers understanding and guidance. As Kantor explains, the term paranoid should not be used as a hurtful epithet. Paranoid individuals are no more or less evil than persons with any other emotional disorder, or for that matter, persons with a physical disorder. Paranoia is a disorder of the mind, not a flaw of character, says Kantor.

Paranoid individuals are not invariably social misfits. They are found in all walks of life and in all professions, suffering from this disorder that distorts behavior and affects those with whom they come in contact, often in devastating ways. Politicians who write attack ads, spouses who beat or kill their partners, people in road or supermarket rage incidents are all among the possibly paranoid, as are students who perpetrate violence at their schools and fired employees who wreak violence at their former workplaces. Recognizing and treating paranoid behaviors can prevent or reduce antisocial activity and violence against individuals and society.

  

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A certain amount of paranoia befits these anxious times. Explaining the condition to a broad, college-educated audience, psychiatrist Kantor (Distancing ) covers "Description," "Cause," "Therapy," and ... Read full review

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This book is a good acquisition for anybody; it will give the reader and inside reasoning and understanding of personalities and individual suffering of paranoid, a harmful mental condition that could affect each of us and it is the main reason of crimes. You will enjoy and learn!

Contents

Some Prominent Characteristics of Paranoid Individuals
3
Delusional Disorder
17
Paranoid Personality Disorder
41
The Adverse Ways Paranoid Individuals Affect Others
57
Covert Hidden and Missed Paranoia
61
The Gray Area and the Paranoia of Everyday Life
69
InterpersonalSocial Aspects of ParanoiaParanoid Violence
79
Forensic Issues
91
Psychodynamic Interpersonal Approaches
143
CognitiveBehavioral Therapy
151
Affirmative Psychotherapy
159
Pharmacotherapy
167
Therapeutic Cautions Caveats and Errors
179
Prognosis
189
SelfHelp
195
Ways Caretakers Can Deal Effectively and Supportively with the Paranoid Individuals in Their Lives
197

Cause
103
The Roles Society and the Family Play in Causing Paranoia
105
Psychodynamic Causes
117
CognitiveBehavioral Causality
131
Therapy
141
Things to Avoid Doing with Paranoid Individuals
213
Coping with Ones Own Paranoia
225
Bibliography
239
Index
243
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MARTIN KANTOR, M.D., is a psychiatrist who has been in private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at hospitals including Massachusetts General and New York's Beth Israel. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical School, and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey Medical School. He has authored 15 other books, including The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006), Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professionals, Families and Sufferers (Praeger, 2004), Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), and Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient and the Victim (Praeger, 2002).

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