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Schizotypal Personality Disorder

What Are Personality Disorders?

People with personality disorders have long-standing patterns of thinking and acting that differ from what society considers usual or normal. Their inflexible personality traits can cause great distress, and can interfere with many areas of life, including social and work functioning. People with significant personality disorders generally also have poor coping skills and difficulty forming healthy relationships.

Unlike people with anxiety disorders, who know they have a problem but are unable to control it, people with personality disorders generally are not aware that they have a problem and do not believe they have anything to control.

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What Is Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

Schizotypal personality disorder is one of a group of conditions informally thought of as "eccentric" personality disorders. People with these disorders often appear odd or peculiar. They also may display unusual thinking patterns and behaviors.

People with schizotypal personality disorder may have odd beliefs or superstitions. These individuals are unable to form close relationships and tend to distort reality. In this respect, schizotypal personality disorder can seem like a mild form of schizophrenia -- a serious brain disorder that distorts the way a person thinks, acts, expresses emotions, perceives reality, and relates to others. In rare cases, people with schizotypal personality disorder may eventually develop schizophrenia.

What Are the Symptoms of Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

People with schizotypal personality disorder display a combination of odd behavior, speech patterns, thoughts, and perceptions. Other people often describe these individuals as strange or eccentric. Additional traits of people with this disorder include the following:

  • Dressing, speaking, or acting in an odd or peculiar way
  • Being suspicious and paranoid
  • Being uncomfortable or anxious in social situations due to their distrust of others
  • Having few friends and being extremely uncomfortable with intimacy
  • Tending to misinterpret reality or to have distorted perceptions (for example, mistaking noises for voices)
  • Having odd beliefs or magical thinking (for example, being overly superstitious or thinking of themselves as psychic)
  • Being preoccupied with fantasy and daydreaming
  • Tending to be stiff and awkward when relating to others
  • Coming across as emotionally distant, aloof, or cold
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