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Personality Disorders: Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Watch more Mood and Personality Disorders videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn about schizotypal personality disorder in this personality disorders video from Howcast. Expert: Ankur Saraiya, MD Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Schizotypal personality disorder is a disorder in which individuals exhibit odd behavior and odd thinking. They're considered eccentric or bizarre and they'll hold very odd ideas. It's an illness that's compared to schizophrenia and the characteristic or hallmark of Schizotypal personality disorder is that it does not consist of discrete episodes or a gradual decline in functioning, but rather its a state that individuals have across the various aspects of their lives starting from a very early age and these individual, as I said, tend to hold very odd and bizarre beliefs and may be considered eccentric, but they don't have the full one symptoms that people with schizophrenia do. For example they will, generally speaking, not report hearing voices, they won't have oppressive delusions. Although some of their thinking can border on the edge of being delusional thinking because it's so odd and so at odds with the normal thinking or the average thinking of their culture. Again, this is one of those disorders that creates some controversy in psychiatry because it's thought that rather than being a disorder, it's an effort to pathologize the behavior that seems very different from what is considered the norm. But apart from that, it's not clear that it has specific symptoms that lead to distress or specific symptoms that are amenable to treatment, but rather it's a descriptive diagnosis that helps understand that certain individuals can exhibit certain odd behavior and thoughts without having a full blown psychotic disorder. And therefore these individuals generally don't require treatment with medications and the only role for treatment would probably be psychotherapy. So that's a basic overview of Schizotypal personality disorder.
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