Your personality is your unique way of thinking, understanding, reacting, and relating to people.
A personality disorder Overview of Personality Disorders Your personality is your unique way of thinking, understanding, reacting, and relating to people. Many people might seem to have an unusual personality. But they're considered to have a personality... read more is not just an unusual personality. It's when your personality traits cause significant problems in your life or keep you from relating normally to others.
What is schizotypal personality disorder?
People with schizotypal personality disorder:
Behave oddly, are uncomfortable around other people, and are somewhat out of touch with reality
People with schizotypal personality disorder often:
Avoid social situations and choose to be alone
Don't have close friends
Have trouble interpreting other people's emotions
Think in odd, magical ways, such as believing they can control someone with their mind
Are suspicious and mistrustful, such as mistakenly believing that someone wants to hurt them
Use words in unusual ways, so their speech is strange
Dress oddly, such as wearing dirty or wrongly-sized clothes
They may also have depression Depression Depression is feeling too sad or sluggish to do your daily tasks or take part in activities you usually enjoy. It’s normal to feel sad after something sad happens, such as a death or loss—depression... read more or abuse drugs or alcohol Overview of Substance-Related Disorders Drugs are an integral part of everyday life for many people, whether the drugs are used for legitimate medical purposes or recreationally (see table Drugs with Medical and Recreational Uses)... read more .
Schizotypal personality disorder is similar to but milder than schizophrenia Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by loss of contact with reality (psychosis), hallucinations (usually, hearing voices), firmly held false beliefs (delusions), abnormal thinking... read more , which causes more severe and bizarre thinking and behavior.
What causes schizotypal personality disorder?
It's probably caused by your genes. It's more common in people who have family members with schizophrenia Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a mental disorder characterized by loss of contact with reality (psychosis), hallucinations (usually, hearing voices), firmly held false beliefs (delusions), abnormal thinking... read more .
How do doctors treat schizotypal disorder?
Doctors treat schizotypal disorder with:
Medicines (schizophrenia medicine and antidepressants)