How to Diagnose PPD Properly?
Pay attention whether the person who might be having PPD is rather sensitive to setbacks. One should be careful if the individual gets too suspicious, isolated, and unforgiving. However, hostility is not the only feature you should note to be sure it is a paranoid personality disorder. Psychologists usually offer several questionnaires and tests to see whether the person has any problems from their field of specialization. Such exams are not always effective as the patient may try to hide real feelings and true answers. However, in most cases experienced health care providers are able to define this health condition.
Diagnostic criteria for research involves:
- Proof that the way person acts, feels, behaves, and expresses emotions is significantly different from the norms and standards accepted in the civilized society.
- A person should demonstrate deviation in his actions and behavior on the example of specific situations.
- Proof that the deviation is long-lasting, does not improve, and certain attacks happen regularly.
- No way to interpret the existing deviation as an outcome of common adolescents’ mental problems.
- Presence of personal distress or negative influence on the community.
- Presence of previous brain trauma/disease.