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What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder, & How do You Treat it?

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A schizotypal personality disorder is a personality disorder that affects a person’s social skills. People with schizotypal personalities tend to have difficulty forming relationships and do not understand the impact of their behavior on other people. This schizoaffective disorder can often lead to severe anxiety, depression, and avoidance of social situations. Schizotypal can make daily life very difficult. If you have difficulty coping with your symptoms, seek help. There are mental health professionals ready to help you on your recovery journey. 

Schizotypal Personality Disorder Symptoms and Signs

  • Lacking close relationships outside of immediate family
  • Limited emotional responses
  • Persistent, excessive social anxiety
  • Misinterpreting events (thinking something harmless is offensive)
  • Suspicious or paranoid thoughts and behaviors
  • Belief in special powers (magical thinking)
  • Dressing in odd ways (unkempt or oddly matched clothes)
  • A Peculiar style of speech

Living with these challenges can often make a person feel major depression. In some cases, inpatient rehabilitation is beneficial for regaining balance in life.

Co-occurring Disorders

Patients with Schizotypal Personality Disorder are at an increased risk for the following disorders:

  • Depressive disorders 
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Anxiety disorders 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 
  • Other personality disorders (Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizoid Personality Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, etc. 
  • Eating disorders 
  • Schizophrenia
  • Substance abuse
  • Schizotypal Personality Disorder Treatment 

When treating Schizotypal Personality Disorder, medication and cognitive behavioral therapy are typically standard. However, in some cases, those with this disorder suffer from suicidal thinking patterns and major depression. In those cases, inpatient rehabilitation may be most beneficial in recovery. Other treatment options include outpatient rehab, family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support groups. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Schizotypal Personality Disorder and needs help, contact a trusted behavioral health professional to discuss the best course of action. Mental illness can make life extremely challenging, but with the proper treatment, you can live a stable life. 

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