Caring for a Parent with Paranoid Personality Disorder
Identifying paranoid personality disorder in someone as close to you as your parent is difficult. The key to getting through it lies in getting them the help they need, when they need it, and to never give up hope. The benefits of residential treatment for PPD are myriad; call today to get professional support in communicating the importance of seeking treatment to your parent and begin building a brighter tomorrow for your family.
Miranda had always been close with her father, Charles. But after her mother died, he gradually became more and more isolated and distrustful of others. He stopped going fishing with his best friends, saying they were bad people planning horrible things. He began arguing with his neighbor, with whom he’d always been friends, saying the neighbor was overly critical of how Charles kept his lawn and coveted his property. When Miranda tried asking him about the change in his personality, Charles told her he had never fought with his friends or neighbor, and that Miranda was telling lies because she secretly wanted to sell his house for fast money. Heartbroken, Miranda did the brave thing and persuaded him to let her contact a residential treatment facility. Together, they worked to get Charles the help he needed, which made a huge difference in both of their lives.
Caring for a parent with paranoid personality disorder (PPD) can put a great emotional strain on you and your relationship with your parent. Because PPD causes sufferers to become distrustful, your parent may doubt your intentions when you try to help them. And when you try to explain that they are suffering from a mental illness, they may not believe you or deflect the conversation, saying you are the one who is ill. This can be hurtful for anyone to hear, but especially for a child to hear from a parent.
It’s painful when a parent doubts your intentions, and it’s frustrating to know they are only doubting you because of their paranoid personality disorder. It’s a quandary for sure; your parent needs help but may resist treatment because they don’t think they need it. How can you help your parent when their mental illness makes them stubborn and unintentionally hurtful? You need support in working with your parent, and the best place to get that support is from a inpatient mental health facility.
Identifying Paranoid Personality Disorder
Witnessing strange, unfamiliar behaviors in a parent is always unsettling—but many factors can cause a change in the behavior of a loved one. How do you know it’s PPD?
Various symptoms may be present, but the main way in which PPD manifests itself is in paranoid delusions. Ask yourself:
- Does your parent distrust others and believe they harbor secret, harmful intentions?
- Do they question the loyalty of even their closest family and friends, even in the absence of any evidence to support their suspicions?
- Have they begun to isolate themselves due to their fears that others are “out to get them” or trying to take advantage of them?
Sufferers of PPD can be reluctant to confide in others and tend to hold grudges or read offensive or threatening meanings into even the most innocent comments. They are quick to anger and become hostile. When people react negatively to this hostility, the PPD sufferer believes their suspicions are confirmed. The disorder has a greater chance of appearing in families that have a history of schizophrenia and delusional disorders. Co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety can further complicate matters, making your parent moody or isolated.
Helping a parent with PPD is tricky. But it can certainly be done. Never give up hope. Residential psychiatric professionals are ready and waiting to help your parent begin a treatment plan that will benefit your entire family.
The Benefits of Residential Treatment for PPD
Perhaps the most effective way to help your parent recover from PPD is to get them around-the-clock psychiatric care in a residential treatment center. In this setting, they can get the therapies, medications, and support they need to manage their paranoid delusions and other symptoms. This is especially helpful for parents who have such advanced PPD they have difficulty caring for themselves. It helps you, too, as caring for parents who have PPD can be quite stressful and emotionally draining. You parent needs professional psychiatric care that cannot be provided by a loving family alone.
Talk therapy and psychotherapy often form the cornerstones of a PPD treatment program. They can help your parent re-examine paranoid thoughts, reduce their feelings of anxiety and paranoia, and learn to communicate more constructively with others. Residential treatment is a safe place for clients to address emotionally difficult challenges using new coping skills like emotional regulation and reality acceptance.
In a residential setting, your parent will also get the psychiatric prescriptions or adjustments to the medications they need. They may receive anti-anxiety or antipsychotic medications to reduce and manage their symptoms. Another benefit of seeking treatment at a residential facility is round-the-clock medical supervision that will help ensure your parent is taking the right doses at the right time—a task which can be difficult for family members to take on, especially at first, as people with PPD often resist taking their medication.
Setting parents up on a long-term treatment plan tailored to their individual needs can help prevent them from relapsing into old paranoid patterns even after they’ve left the facility. All in all, residential treatment sets you and your parent up for effective, lasting recovery.
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These days, Miranda and Charles enjoy spending time together more and more. Her dad went through a scary time, and the two continue to work on leaving PPD in the past. It was a trying time for both of them, but together they found the strength to begin the healing process.
Even if your parent resists the idea of seeking treatment, don’t give up hope. Contacting a residential facility can put you in touch with professionals who can help you identify the best strategy for communicating with your parent and finding them the help they need to begin recovery. Together, you can begin building a brighter future for your family—starting now.
Hanbleceya is a long-term residential treatment center for people struggling with mental health disorders as well as co-occurring substance use disorders. Contact us to learn more about our renowned San Diego-area program and how we can help you or your loved one begin the journey toward recovery.