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August 19, 2021
Schizotypal Personality Disorder
People with this personality disorder have a tendency to avoid social situations.
They look odd or peculiar to others and may show unusual thinking and behaviors.
How common is the condition?
Common (More than 200,000 cases per year in the US)
Is the condition treatable?
Treatable by a medical professional
Does diagnosis require a lab test or imaging?
Rarely requires lab test or imaging
The time it takes for recovery
Can last several years or be lifelong
More common in males but present in females also
Family history may increase the likelihood of schizotypal personality disorder.
What are the personality disorders that mimic schizophrenia?
Several personality disorders, called Cluster A personality disorders, share symptoms with schizophrenia. Cluster A personality disorders include paranoid personality disorder, schizoid personality disorder, and schizotypal personality disorder.
The symptoms include:
The Coronavirus Pandemic is likely to increase the number of cases of this disorder because people are required to be together more often and this presents an undesirable situation for persons who are loners.
People with schizotypal personality disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic, are often described as odd or eccentric and usually have few, if any, close relationships. They generally don't understand how relationships form or the impact of their behavior on others. They may also misinterpret others' motivations and behaviors and develop a significant distrust of others. These problems may lead to severe anxiety and a tendency to avoid social situations.
Treatment for Schizotypal Personality disorder includes psychotherapy. Medications may be required to control some thoughts, behaviors, or quasi-psychotic episodes.
Antipsychotics: Are used to decrease psychotic episodes.
Olanzapine . Risperidone
Antidepressants: To treat symptoms of depression.
Fluoxetine . Escitalopram
Anti anxiety drugs: To treat anxiety.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Helps the patient recognize pattern behaviors and modify them. Helps them via social skills training, and reality testing to recognize their distortions in reality and countering a tendency to take things personally, resulting in exaggerated responses.
Family counseling: Helps to improve trust and build relationships. This disorder can create an enormous strain on close relationships. Left untreated, break-ups are likely.
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