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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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Martin Kantor, MD is retired Staff Psychiatrist for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Orange, New Jersey. Kantor has written thirteen other books for Praeger including Uncle Sam's Shame (2008), Lifting the Weight (2007), The Psychopathy of Everyday Life (2006), and Understanding Paranoia (2004).


A certain amount of paranoia befits these anxious times. Explaining the condition to a broad, college-educated audience, psychiatrist Kantor (Distancing) covers "Description," "Cause," "Therapy," and "Self-Help," with an encouraging emphasis on what can be done and how to do it. Kantor assimilates existing texts and states his own views both firmly and without pretension, an excellent model for teaching and therapy. He sees paranoia along a continuum from essentially normal vigilance to psychosis, asserting that most patients respond to sensitive, affirmative, unintrusive talk 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. E. James Lieberman, George Washington Univ. Sch. of Medicine, Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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