People with schizotypal personality disorder experience a great deal of distress. They have trouble functioning in life due to eccentric or odd ways of thinking. In that way, this mental disorder is like schizoid personality disorder. But it is a distinct mental health condition. Anxiety and social challenges are part of schizotypal personality disorder.\r\n\r\nIndividuals with this disorder may not understand how to have relationships. They don\u2019t realize how their odd behaviors impact others. They misinterpret the behaviors and motivation of others. Thus, they tend to develop a significant distrust of others. This can lead to severe anxiety in social situations. In response, the person turns inward. Or they may respond in an inappropriate way to social cues.\r\nSchizotypal Personality Disorder vs. Schizophrenia\r\nSchizotypal personality disorder\u00a0shares traits of schizophrenia. But it is not the same condition. Schizophrenia is a mental illness in which the individual loses contact with reality. They experience psychosis. People with schizotypal personalities may only experience schizotypal personality disorder symptoms such as brief psychotic delusions or hallucinations. But they are not as intense, prolonged or frequent as individuals with schizophrenia.\r\n\r\nAnother notable difference is that someone with schizotypal personality disorder has awareness. They can hear it if someone points out an issue. They can grasp the difference between their distorted views of reality and actual reality. People with schizophrenia generally cannot be persuaded that their delusions aren\u2019t real.\r\nUnderstanding and Treating Personality Disorders\r\nPeople with personality disorders are inflexible. They have fixed beliefs, even though they may be irrational or unreal. Some personality disorders cause people to get lost in their own world. Some move them to behave irrationally. A skilled therapist or medical professional can help. It\u2019s important to have the best care with this kind of mental illness.\r\n\r\nThis disorder appears in the\u00a0Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. One of the features is eccentric behavior. In some cases people with this disorder tend toward magical thinking and odd beliefs. They may suffer from anxiety and depression, and be prone to loud outbursts when upset. People with this condition also often try to self-soothe with substances. This creates even more problems.\r\n\r\nAt Promises Treatment Centers, we\u00a0treat personality disorders\u00a0and co-occurring issues. We use evidence-based and alternative treatments. Our mental health care professionals offer a personalized approach for each client. Types of therapies and treatment options may include:\r\n\r\n \tPsychotherapy.\u00a0This helps people with schizotypal personality disorder symptoms begin trusting others. They build trust with their therapist and in small groups with peers.\r\n \tCognitive behavioral therapy.\u00a0Clients develop a health way of looking at their mental disorder.\r\n \tTherapeutic distinctions. Clients learn the differences between their perceptions and reality. This helps them react appropriately. It improves ability to function in the real world.\r\n \tCommunication skills.\u00a0Learning to communicate enables clients to develop relationships. They learn to speak to others in a clear and healthy way. It improves their social skills and leads to better social interactions.\r\n \tCoping skills.\u00a0Clients learn ways to regulate their emotions. This gives them the ability to reduce anxiety and anxiety-provoked behaviors.\r\n \tSelf-esteem empowerment.\u00a0Helping clients build self-confidence is key. When clients develop self-esteem it leads them toward a more satisfying life.\r\n \tFamily therapy. Schizotypal personality disorder treatment also improves relationships. The health and function of the family is important for recovery.\r\n \tMedical management.\u00a0Some clients need antipsychotic medications and expert psychiatric care.\r\n\r\nCommon Types of Dual Diagnosis\r\nOur staff is devoted to your healing. We will help with symptoms of schizotypal personality disorder as well as other mental health symptoms including:\r\n\r\n \tDepression\r\n \tAnxiety\r\n \tSubstance abuse\r\n \tBipolar disorders\r\n \tObsessive compulsive disorder\r\n \tSchizophreniform disorder\r\n\r\nSchizotypal Personality Disorder Symptoms\r\nPeople with schizotypal personality disorder may have the following symptoms:\r\n\r\n \tHaving unusual perceptions, including delusions\r\n \tDisplaying odd, eccentric or peculiar behavior or appearance\r\n \tOdd patterns of thinking and speech\r\n \tSuspicious or paranoid ideas\r\n \tAppearing to have no emotions, or being aloof and isolated\r\n \tLack of close friends or anyone to interact with beyond relatives\r\n \tOdd beliefs, sometimes magical thinking that is out of touch with reality\r\n \tIncorrectly interpreting events\r\n \tDisplaying excessive social anxiety that does not diminish over time and with repeated familiarity\r\n \tDepression and\/or anxiety\r\n \tDifficulties with memory, learning and attention\r\n\r\nCauses of Schizotypal Personality Disorder\r\nScientists don\u2019t know what causes schizotypal personality disorder. Most theories about possible causes center on the biopsychosocial model. In this model, the disorder is likely caused by a combination of:\r\n\r\n \tBiological and genetic factors\r\n \tSocial factors. This may include how a person interacts as a child with family, friends and other children.\r\n \tPsychological factors, such as personality and temperament\r\n\r\nThere is likely no single cause. The disorder is the result of complex and intertwined factors.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s important to check family history and close relatives. There is a small increased risk for inheriting the disorder. This is usually if a relative has schizophrenia or schizotypal personality disorder. Trauma in childhood is also a factor. Neglect, abuse or family dysfunction during childhood can contribute.\r\n\r\nSchizotypal personality disorder appears in less than 3% of the general population. Like most personality disorders, schizotypal personality disorder decreases in intensity with age. Individuals diagnosed with the disorder may have very few symptoms by their 40s and 50s.\r\nGet Schizotypal Personality Disorder Treatment\r\nTake a step toward healthy living. Our mental health professionals can help. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation:\u00a0\u00a0888-534-8925.