Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Schizotypal disorder, can be defined as a personality disorder which is distinguished by unusual behavior and thinking, unconventional beliefs and a want for social isolation. People affected with this illness feel more secured being away from others. They avoid having a meaningful interpersonal relationship with others. They move aimlessly from one activity to another.
This ailment can only be diagnosed only when these behaviors become disturbing, distressing and persistent.
Symptoms of Schizotypal disorder:
- Incorrect translation or interpretation of events. A person affected with this illness, often face a problem in seeing the correct cause of a situation and how it effects others. For Eg, a frown, may be misread as someone being unhappy with them. But in reality, it has nothing to do with them.
- They have odd illusions, they feel they have special powers to predict things even before it takes place.
- Unusual thinking and speech. Their ideas are often vague in description. They tend to talk about matters that need immediate attention.
- Strange behavior. A person affected with this disorder, is always considered as odd and strange. Their mannerisms, choice of clothes etc are very strange and odd.
- Paranoid and suspicious thoughts. These people are very suspicious and display paranoid tendencies.
- Inability to express emotionally. They behave in a way that indicates that gain little or no joy from life. Most of them have a fear of being rejected and humiliated but suppress these feelings for protective reasons.
Schizotypal Personality Disorder is believed to crop up from the affected individuals original family. This disorder mainly occurs to people who are always humiliated by parents, peers and siblings in turn resulting in relational mistrust. This further results in incapability to having a meaningful interpersonal relationships with others.
This disorder generally stems from the patients family. So much cannot be done to prevent it. However, a loving, caring, emotionally supporting and a caring environment would best help prevent Schizotypal disorder.