Coun 646 Research Paper

4380 Words Jun 9th, 2013 18 Pages
Effects of Vulnerability Factors on Paranoid Personality Disorder
Felicia Flemming-Brown
COUN 646: Psychopathology and Counseling
Liberty University

Paranoid Personality Disorder (PPD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed personality disorders with debilitating implications for individuals diagnosed; yet there is limited research regarding the etiology and genetic and environmental vulnerability factors available. The paper will provide a brief synopsis of PPD as well as evaluating the effects of genetics and environmental factors. Differential diagnosis of related disorders and efficacious treatment planning will be reviewed. The author will provide her personal Christian worldview perspective and considerations
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PPD does not only present challenges in an individual’s social and occupational functioning but it creates substantial disturbances in an individual’s interpersonal relationships; therefore, the significance of recognizing the etiology of PPD, properly diagnosing, and providing effective treatment are vital to one’s quality of life.
This paper proposes to examine vulnerability components, such as genetics and environmental factors which may increase the likelihood of maladaptive behaviors, and beliefs, and the role which each may play in diagnosis, efficacious treatment planning, and the direction for future literature and research of PPD.
An Overview of Paranoid Personality Disorder
To better understand personality and paranoid personality disorder let us begin by formulating a working definition. According to Feldman (2011), personality is the totality of continuing characteristics, stemming from infancy, which distinguishes one individual from another. These characteristics are the framework constructing how an individual regards him/herself and the environment in which he/she functions on a social and personal level. A PD is deemed as such when an individual presents with enduring, inflexible patterns and behaviors that not only drastically diverge from the individual’s cultural norms but also lends to clinically significant impairment in occupational, social, and other areas of functionality with manifestation in at least two of the

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