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October 2010

Teen Schizotypal Personality Disorder

by Staff, on at risk youth, personality disorder, Schizotypal Personality Disorder, teen disorders, teen personality disorder, Teen Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Schizotypal Personality Disorders falls under eccentric types of personality disorders. Teens with Schizotypal Personality Disorder often act strange; also can show very strange thinking patterns and even appearances. One trait common for people with this personality disorder is that they have very odd beliefs and often are superstitious. They have tendencies of distorting reality and have difficulties with forming relationships.

Schizotypal Personality Disorder looks like a mild form of schizophrenia, in rare cases this personality disorder leads to schizophrenia. Some symptoms of Schizotypal personality Disorder include odd speech patterns, strange behavior, and perceptions. In the eyes of others they will always appear as very eccentric individuals, but not dangerous. Some other things that may describe a person with Schizotypal Personality Disorder include:

-    Dressing and speaking in a strange way
-    Often paranoid
-    Distrustful
-    Uncomfortable in social situations
-    Likes secluded places and limited number of people
-    Uncomfortable with intimacy
-    Has distorted perception of reality
-    Has elaborated fantasies
-    Can be very distant and cold

Although both environmental and genetic factors influence the development of Schizotypal Personality Disorder in most cases genetics are the main cause. This personality disorder is much more common with people who have a family history of this disorder. First signs of this disorder start to show in early teen years. You can’t expect a person with Schizotypal Personality Disorder to seek treatment for their disorder as they are mostly unaware that there is something wrong with them. In cases where there are some other issues like depression or anxiety they may go for treatment on their own accord.

The most common type of therapy for this type of personality disorder is psychotherapy, talk therapy. The ultimate goal is to change the person’s type of behavior and to develop appropriate social skills. Medication is used as a treatment only when there are other personality disorders involved or issues like depression or anxiety. In some cases even hospitalization is necessary.

The best results are achieved when family is involved and gives support. If not treated in time there is a greater risk of developing or merging with other types of disorders, or even developing major form of depression or constant anxiety. Also future social skills are at risk as people with this personality disorder can become quite loners and anti-social without proper treatment and eventually it can lead to total isolation. Staff