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Depending on the quoted source, between 0.5 – 4% of the general population may be diagnosed with PPD (which would translate to millions of people), but since people with PPD can function quite well, and some perfectly normal people may only occasionally get into “funny moods”, it’s very difficult to tell.
Anyway, the purpose of this thread is to find out how many of you have known people with PPD and if it is at all possible to develop and maintain a good and long-lasting relationship with such a person.
the years & years of abuse I've been through in living with my wife finally makes some sense to me, there is a reason to what has at times felt like madness, all wrapped up in a personality disorder, as much as reading more & more about this disorder is depressing, it is also somewhat validating to read about, if you understand what I mean by that...
it's a relief to see that this is a real, documented illness, although it does also suck to realize that it is a real, documented mental illness too...
Perhaps you have tried to be their friend, or perhaps you are or want to be even closer than that. But it does not deserve sympathy, but understanding.
Attempting to sympathize with someone with PPD is one of the worst things which you can do.
I've always known my wife to be touchy, I've told her for years that sometimes just talking to her is like walking on eggshells... even when we were first dating she accused me several times...
many times actually, of either flirting with, or lusting for other women. I guess I just grew up expecting girls to be jealous & suspicious creatures in general, so I didn't see this as so abnormal in the beginning even dating, we could be at great point of togetherness, all loving & connected, everything beautiful, but god forbid we winded up with a flirtatious or even pretty waitress, I was doomed.
But paranoid personality disorder (PPD) is a real mental disorder which hits real people.
As it afflicts between 2.3 percent to 4.4 percent of the general population, you have likely met someone with this disorder in your life.
A colleague’s slight ribbing can be interpreted as vicious mockery.