What is Schizotyal Personality Disorder?
What is it?
Schizotypal Personality Disorder is a mental illness that, in most cases, causes people to act odd and very eccentric. People who have this illness will struggle with having any close relationships, if they do have any at all. They tend to have high anxiety and that leads them to turn inward especially when they are around crowds.
People will sometimes respond incorrectly in social situations. Not exactly sure how to act, they may be highly uncomfortable.
Usually this illness begins in early adulthood and is likely to continue through life although some cases improve with age.
*strange thinking, beliefs, and behavior
*belief in special powers such as ESP or a sixth sense
*suspicious and paranoid ideas
* may not have very many friends outside of family
*social anxiety that doesn't improve
*bodily illusions for example phantom pains
Personalities are formed while we are children. We learn to behave the proper way as children and how to act in social environments. It is believed that something went wrong during childhood for a person who has been diagnosed with Schizotypal Personality Disorder. Maybe childhood abuse, lack of a parent, or any other type of stress factors that could play a role in a part of a child's life.
People at increased risk of this illness are those who have a relative who has the same illness or has schizophrenia. Those who have experienced neglect as a child are also at an increased risk at being diagnosed. Even experiencing any kind of childhood trauma can result in this illness. If you have a parent who was emotionally detached, that too can increase the risk.
Those who have Schizotypal Personality Disorder are at an increased risk of Schizophrenia, developing Major Depression, or developing anxiety disorders.
Last But Not Least Treatment
When it comes to medications there isn't any specific drug for this illness but a doctor may prescribe an antidepressant or an anti psychotic.
Psychotherapy may be used to help patients build trust in relationships.
Behavior therapy may be used to help patients learn social skills that they often lack. For example appropriate words to use, tone of voice and even facial expressions.
Cognitive therapy may help a patient identify and change distorted thought patterns.
Family therapy may be more effective. It may also help boost up the support system.
When someone you know, or even yourself is diagnosed with this illness it is very difficult. Sometimes all you want to do is give up. And sometimes you'll end up loosing some people that had once been very close to you. Keep in mind that you can also grow and realize how much stronger you are of a person. People are becoming more and more aware of mental illnesses every day. More people are there to support you. You are never alone.
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