Schizotypal Personality Disorder

An enduring and pervasive pattern of social and interpersonal deficits marked by acute discomfort with and reduced capacity for close relationships, by cognitive or perceptual distortions, and by eccentricities of behavior


Is there a test for Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

Only a licensed mental health professional can diagnose a mental illness. However, people with schizotypal personality traits are more likely to answer "yes" to the following questions:

  • Do you often believe that strangers are talking about you?

  • Do you often feel like you're being watched or stared at?

  • Do you think that song lyrics, movies, or TV shows have a special meaning specifically for you?

  • Do you feel like you can make things happen just by wishing for them to happen or thinking about them?

  • Are you highly superstitious and do you constantly adapt your behavior to your superstitions?

  • Do you believe you can predict or know the future?

  • Have you had personal experiences with supernatural things?

  • Do you often feel like everything seems unreal or that you are detached from your mind or body?

  • Do you often see or hear things that other people can't hear or see?

  • Do you have very few relationships with people outside of your family?

  • Do you often get nervous when spending time with people you don't know well?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, you may have schizotypal personality traits. If they cause you significant suffering, impairment, or stress, psychotherapy can help.


What are the symptoms of Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

Schizotypal Personality Disorder manifests itself through a variety of different symptoms. These may include:

  • Maladjusted and constrained affect

  • Peculiar behavior and appearance

  • Few social connections

  • Odd beliefs that influence behavior and do not conform to cultural norms

  • Strong suspicions or paranoid ideas

  • Pondering without inner resistance

  • Unusual Perceptions

  • Awkward thinking expressed in strange language or other ways

  • Occasional, transient, unprovoked quasi-psychotic episodes

​If you suffer from these or other mental health symptoms, schedule your first appointment today.