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Personality Disordered Grandmother

My family and I suspect that my grandmother has some type of personality disorder. She has always had an inability to get along with others including her only son (my father). She especially cannot get along with her neighbors, who she feels are trying to break into her house and has called the police on numerous occasions. She has distressed the neighbors to such a degree (yelling, throwing rocks etc) that they have their house up for sale. If confronted, she denies her wrongdoing and blames others. This behavior has been apparent to us for many years but she is incredibly self sufficient and doesn't see herself as having a problem. There have been years where the family has had nothing to do with her because she has been impossible to communicate with and then years where she is no trouble at all. There are many more situations which I cannot take the time to list. My question is what kind of help can we get for someone that does not recognize their problem and if approached would not be willing to accept help. We have always been able to deal with the situation within our family but now that it is affecting strangers (and continues to affect us) we need advice as to how to proceed with assessment/diagnosis. Thank you for your consideration.

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