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How can you tell if someone has schizotypal personality disorder?

DSM IV criteria

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What are the signs and symptoms of schizotypal personality disorder?

Schizotypal personality

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Long-term pattern of thoughts and behaviors causing serious problems with relationships and work characterized by disomfort in social situations, inappropriate displays of feelings, no close friends, odd behavior or appearance, odd beliefs, fantasies, or preoccupations, and odd speech
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Possibility of misdiagnosing Schizophrenia as Schizotypal Personality Disorder ?

That might happen

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if a person with a severe schizotypal personality disorder had decompensated into psychosis & is only seen over a brief period of time. However, most providers avoid making a diagnosis until they are satisfied that diagnostic criteria have been met.
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For schizotypal personality disorder - what are the main symptoms and difficulties?

Weirdness

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Schizotypal personality disorder typically features a preoccupation with magical thinking and so-called odd beliefs. Many of these beliefs are shared by a large percentage of the general public but in this case the key is the intensity and pervasiveness of the beliefs as well as the extent that they interfere with successful social interaction. It is in a continuum with schizophrenia.
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Dr. Evan M. Altman answered:

What's the difference between schizo-affective disorder and schizotypal personality disorder?

Big - some overlap

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Schizoaffective disorder is a severe disorder involving recurring episodes of psychosis and mood problems. This can include hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking along with mood symptoms including depression, mania, or mixed. Schizotypal personality is less about episodes and more about a life-long maladaptive pattern, involving social isolation and a tendency to have magical thinking.
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What is the difference between Schizotypal Personality Disorder with Psychosis and Schizophrenia or Delusional Disorder?

Significant diff's

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People with schizotypal personality are characterized by marked eccentricity in thought and behavior. Any additional psychosis is not felt to represent a primary psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. The psychotic disorder is sometimes thought to be secondary outgrowth from the schizotypal personality disorder who has been stressed. Delusional disorder is simply an isolated delusion in the absence of a major psychosis such as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinatory experiences, marked decrease in psychosocial function, and what are referred to as negative Symptoms Referring to the psycho social isolation that is experienced.
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Are people with paranoid personality disorder usually dangerous?

Paranoid

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If suspicious of motives of others and become delusional about harm coming from others, can act out to protect self, not common.
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Can people with personality disorders want to be alone or run away?

Yes

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This is similar to the phenomen well described in a good book on bpd called "I Hate You, Don't Leave Me"
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Do people with borderline personality disorder have any friendships?

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Dr. Alan H. Ali answered:

What's the prognosis for people having avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant Personality

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With Psychotherapy & good social support system, prognosis is favorable.
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