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How to know if I have schizotypal personality disorder?

How to know if I have schizotypal personality disorder?

Schizotypal: Extremely eccentric thought patterns that border on psychotic/bizarre, unkempt appearance, odd clothing choices, extreme discomfort with relationships, and superstitious. Anxiety and depression that arise from this disorder are about the only aspects that can be treated, speaking very generally. Get an evaluation by a psychiatrist. Do not diagnose yourself. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more


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How to know if I have schizotypal personality disorder or what?

How to know if I have schizotypal personality disorder or what?

Why do you ask?: Many people have various aspects of their personalities that are components of personality disorders. That does not mean they have a personality disorder. Do you believe that you are a person with unusual ways of thinking that others find odd? What gave you this idea? The best answer will come from an evaluation with a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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How can you tell if someone has schizotypal personality disorder?

How can you tell if someone has schizotypal personality disorder?

DSM IV criteria: http://counsellingresource.com/lib/distress/schizophrenic/schizophrenia-dsm/schizotypal-symptoms/.

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For schizotypal personality disorder - what are the main symptoms and difficulties?

Weirdness: 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. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of schizotypal personality disorder?

What are the signs and symptoms of schizotypal personality disorder?

Schizotypal personality: 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. ...Read more

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Possibility of misdiagnosing schizophrenia as schizotypal personality disorder ?

That might happen: 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. ...Read more

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What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

Different presentati: schizoid persons withdraw from others and isolate. Schizotypal persons act unusual. ...Read more

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

Big - some overlap: 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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between schizotypal personality disorder with psychosis and schizophrenia or delusional disorder?

Significant diff's: 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. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have both schizotypical personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?

Is it possible for someone to have both schizotypical personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder?

Yes, but look deeper: One can have two personality disorders, they aren't "mutually exclusive". However you may consider looking deeper at some treatable cause of these symptoms. For example an untreated anxiety disorder or bipolar disorder can sometimes present with these types of issues, and both of these can be treated more easily than a personality disorder! ...Read more