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Old 10-27-2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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Default Difference between PPD and Paranoid Sz

Hi,

Recently found out about this section. So I was wondering what is the difference between these two mental illnesses.

Years ago I was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but I did not experience any hallucinations. Some of my thoughts are paranoid by nature but some are real(people mocking me, backstabbed by peers, observed by neighbors, etc...), else the symptoms and traits I have seems to be related to this PD, though not sure if "idea of reference" is counted. The paranoia feelings are reactive depending on experiences with certain situations and environment..
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Someone in the mental health profession told me the difference is that if you have Paranoid Personality Disorder--medications don't help that much, rather, committing to intensive therapy for a long time is how you treat it. She also mentioned that if you have PPD, you could jump to delusions quickly and easily. Another person, a psychiatrist, told me that with schizophrenia, you don't have to hear voices or see things that aren't there, rather, it could be a significant change in effect (I think she meant severe changes in how they act and present--I find this article interesting: Emotion in Schizophrenia: Where Feeling Meets Thinking) I would surmise that that comment means that medications are an important part in the treatment of Paranoid Schizophrenia (though therapy is probably needed too but the emphasis might be different?) Have you asked a psychiatrist or psychologist?

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