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Understanding Paranoia


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The only guide currently available on paranoia, this work offers a method for understanding, coping with, and treating this widespread and neglected condition, which can result in serious social consequences from isolation to violence in schools and the workplace.

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Introduction Description Some Prominent Characteristics of Paranoid Individuals Delusional Disorder Paranoid Personality Disorder The Adverse Ways Paranoid Individuals Affect Others Covert (Hidden) and Missed Paranoia The Gray Area and the Paranoia of Everyday Life Interpersonal-Social Aspects of Paranoia/Paranoid Violence Forensic Issues Cause The Roles Society and the Family Play in Causing Paranoia Psychodynamic Causes Cognitive-Behavioral Causality Therapy Psychodynamic/Interpersonal Approaches Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Affirmative Psychotherapy Pharmacotherapy Therapeutic Cautions, Caveats, and Errors Prognosis Self-Help Ways Caretakers Can Deal Effectively with the Paranoid Individuals in their Lives Things to Avoid Doing with Paranoid Individuals Coping with One's Own Paranoia

About the Author

Martin Kantor, MD is a Harvard psychiatrist who has been in full private practice in Boston and New York City, and active in residency training programs at several hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Beth Israel in New York. 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 of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a full-time medical author, the author of more than a dozen other books, including Homophobia, Second Edition (Praeger 2009); Uncle Sam's Shame: Inside the Veteran's Administration (Praeger 2008); Lifting the Weight: Understanding Depression in Men: Its Causes and Solutions (Praeger 2007); The Psychopathy of Everyday Life: How Antisocial Personality Disorder Affects All of Us (Praeger, 2006); Understanding Paranoia: A Guide for Professional, Families, and Sufferers (Praeger 2004); Distancing: Avoidant Personality Disorder, Revised and Expanded (Praeger, 2003), Passive-Aggression: A Guide for the Therapist, the Patient, and the Victim (Praeger, 2002), Treating Emotional Disorder in Gay Men (Praeger, 1999), and Homophobia (Praeger, 1998).


As a psychological disorder, paranoia is oddly dualistic: psychiatrists and psychologists rely on technical definitions for the mental malady and laypeople have a socially agreed on sense of it. Readers will see both sides well represented here....This volume will be most useful for professionals, though faculty and students will appreciate the rich examples. Recommended. Professionals, general readers, and comprehensive academic collections. - Choice
"Kantor assimilates existing texts and states his own views both firmly and without pretension, an excellent model for teaching and therapy....Nonprofessional readers will gain an understanding of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral diagnosis and treatment, along with clarification of various syndromes that mimic or disguise paranoia. Patients, family members, co-workers, and friends will benefit from practical advice illustrated with well-chosen examples. A unique treatment; highly recommended for all psychology collections and larger general libraries." - Library Journal, Starred Review
^IUnderstanding Paranoia^R is a collection of narrative accounts and therapeutic indications for paranoia. It is a good introduction for people who want information about this disease. It contains excellent descriptions and categorizations of what delusions generally are. It is a profitable psychological and clinical essay for therapists and paranoids themselves. - Metapsychology
[T]his book is an important and useful work. It may be particularly beneficial to laypersons seeking to understand paranoid behavior and learn more about potential causes and treatments. It will also be helpful for clinicians who are relatively new to working with paranoid individuals....[t]his book is a valuable guide to several aspects of paranoia, and will likely be helpful to many clinicians sufferers, and family members. - The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
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 illnesses. - Foreword

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