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would a diagnosis of schizotypal personality disorder interfear with my transiton from a male to female ts?

I think i may have schizotypal personality disorder, maybe not idk, and I'm a male to female transsexual. would diagnosis of that fact interfere with my transition by hindering hormone replacement therapy or surgery in any way??
w8? so ur saying that it could be my hormones causing the personality disorder? what about Ritalin or Zoloft? could those be affecting it?

A diagnosis of schizotypal disorder really is just a preliminary diagnosis to schizophrenia. The only difference is duration. Everyone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia was first diagnosed with schizotypal disorder.
If your primary care physician for your sex change knows this I don't see that there would be any problem.
I hope you get what you want and need. Good luck. I hope you have a good rest of your life. It shouldn't interfere unless your doctor gets the heeby jeebies because you may have mental problems. I hope not. I am schizophrenic and really one mental illness has nothing to do with feeling all of your life like you are the wrong sex.  (+ info)

Can anyone give me any information on Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

I need further information on Schizotypal personality disorder. Anything you can give me is greatly appreciated, ive already researched it on wikipedia, so please dont just copy and paste from there.
By the way, its not the same thing as schizophrenia, so justhonest, your a little bit of a jacka**
Also, if anyone has any personal experience with it, themselves, or a friend/loved one, or can simply explain the symptoms a little better to me, id would be very grateful. I have a family member who has been diagnosed with this, and i would like to understand it better so i can help him.
Sorry, i should have explained myself better, i already had what you sent psychgrad, but thank you much anyhow, im more looking for personal experience, and maybe someone to explain what the symptoms are, as in what they mean, quite honestly im an entertainer, i dont understand some of the psych jargon.

Schizotypal Personality Disorder is a pervasive pattern of social and interpersonal deficits marked by acute discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of context, as indicated by 5 or more of the following
* Ideas of reference (excluding delusions of reference)
* Odd beliefs or magical thinking that influences behavior and is inconsistent with subcultural norms (such as belief in clairvoyance, telepathy, 6th sense)
* Unusual perceptual experiences, including bodily illusions
* Odd thinking and speech (such as vague, circumstantial, metaphorical, overelaborate, or stereotyped)
* Suspiciousness or paranoid ideation
* Inappropriate or constricted emotion
* Behavior or appearance that is odd, eccentric, or peculiar
* Lack of close friends other than 1st degree relatives
* Excessive social anxiety that does not diminish with famililarity and tends to be associated with paranoid fears rather than negative judgments about self

Schizotypal PD does not occur exclusively during a psychotic or pervasive developmental disorder.

The cause is unknown, but schizotypal personality disorder is believed to have a genetic component. There is an increased incidence in relatives of schizophrenics.

There is no way to prevent this disorder, but early intervention may reduce symptoms and improve functioning over the long term.

It tends to appear more often in men than in women. Symptoms of depression and anxiety are quite common, with about half of people with this disorder having an episode of major depression at some point during life. Thinking may become more distorted in stressful circumstances.

Schizotypal personality disorder should not be confused with schizophrenia. People with schizotypal personality disorder tend to have odd beliefs and behaviors, but they are not profoundly disconnected from reality and usually do not hallucinate.

Some people may be helped by antipsychotic medications, but in many cases talk therapy is preferred. However, people with schizotypal personality disorders may find psychotherapy difficult because of their discomfort with relationships.

All personality disorders are long-lasting (chronic). This disorder is a lifelong pattern. In contrast to an illness like depression, the pattern does not come and go.  (+ info)

Can Anyone tell me a bit about schizotypal personality disorder?

OK so i sort of stumbled across some stuff on it online, and alot of the symptoms seem to match up with some of the critizisms that I have had about me in the past... If you know anyone who has had it, or if you have had it, can you tell me a bit more than just the symptoms?
Also, a bit on borderline personality disorder would be nice :-)
Thanks in advance :-)
Also, what I could do about it. I'm under 18, so cannot officially be diagnosed with it.

Schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by someone who has great difficulty in establishing and maintaining close relationships with others. A person with schizotypal personality disorder may have extreme discomfort with such relationships, and therefore have less of a capacity for them. Someone with this disorder usually has cognitive or perceptual distortions as well as eccentricities in their everyday behavior.

Individuals with Schizotypal Personality Disorder often have ideas of reference (e.g., they have incorrect interpretations of casual incidents and external events as having a particular and unusual meaning specifically for the person). People with this disorder may be unusually superstitious or preoccupied with paranormal phenomena that are outside the norms of their subculture.

Individuals with Schizotypal Personality Disorder often seek treatment for the associated symptoms of anxiety, depression, or other dysphoric affects rather than for the personality disorder features per se.

Symptoms of Schizotypal Personality Disorder
Schizotypal personality disorder is characterized by a pattern of social and interpersonal deficits marked by acute discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

•Ideas of reference (excluding delusions of reference)
•Odd beliefs or magical thinking that influences behavior and is inconsistent with subcultural norms (e.g., superstitiousness, belief in clairvoyance, telepathy, or "sixth sense"; in children and adolescents, bizarre fantasies or preoccupations)
•Unusual perceptual experiences, including bodily illusions
•Odd thinking and speech (e.g., vague, circumstantial, metaphorical, overelaborate, or stereotyped)
•Suspiciousness or paranoid ideation
•Inappropriate or constricted affect
•Behavior or appearance that is odd, eccentric, or peculiar
•Lack of close friends or confidants other than first-degree relatives
•Excessive social anxiety that does not diminish with familiarity and tends to be associated with paranoid fears rather than negative judgments about self
As with all personality disorders, the person must be at least 18 years old before they can be diagnosed with it.

Schizotypal personality disorder appears in less than 3 percent of the general population.

Like most personality disorders, schizotypal personality disorder typically will decrease in intensity with age, with many people experiencing few of the most extreme symptoms by the time they are in the 40s or 50s.  (+ info)

Anyone here know how to handle schizotypal personality disorder?

I believe I am schizotypal, and without therapy or medication does anyone know how to handle some of the symptoms on your own?

im the same but i sought help
meds and therapy are very helpful
you should seek help from you local mental clinic  (+ info)

Can anyone tell me about schizotypal personality disorder?

I'm researching the disorder for a friend who thinks she may have it. I've found the information so far to be rather dim. I would really like it if someone who has the disorder or knows a person who has the disorder to tell me how they found out they had it and what the sure signs are. Thank you so much!

Signs of moderate impairment:

You are a loner, you engage in extremely odd behavior, and your thought patterns are bizarre, but youare not actively psychotic.

The only way to know for sure and to be diagnosed with szhizotypal personality disorder is to see a therapist.

Basically, the disorder is when you are afraid to be around others because you are afraid of being made fun of and bullied. The main thing though is that these people do not have different brain patterns and don't suffer from things like hallucinations or delusions.  (+ info)

Schizotypal Personality Disorder? Could I have it, or should I not trust the wikipedia article?

I was looking up the disorder for a school project for my friend since her internet was down. As I was looking, I recognized many of the issues I have in everyday life, but I never really acknowledged as odd.

Especially the lack of ability to make and maintain relationships along with the paranoia, those are two of the biggies. I already suffer from ADD and slight asperger's and my doctor suspects there's a few other issues, so should I bring this up to her?

Well the asperger's is not going to help you make and maintain relationships- so you don't have to pin this one on schizo.

Please go talk to your doctor and belay your concerns.. you may not have a lot to worry about.

Paranoia- what are you taking for your ADD?

Almost all the ADD meds are stimulants.
Adderall turned on my son's latent tourettes syndrome!!

Ritalin®: •anxiety or severe nervousness

Adderall®: •anxiety, nervousness
•changes in mood or behavior

Dexedrine® •psychotic illness, depressed mood, or suicidal thoughts

Vyvanse™ •anxiety, or severe nervousness
•changes in mood or behavior  (+ info)

What is the difference between schizoid and schizotypal personality disorder?

what is the difference between the two? i was diagnosed with both also is it the same thing as schizophrenia? i was also diagnosed with that
they all seem to be relatively the same to me
also diagnosed with borderline personality disorder ? what is this ? i think theyr just trying to give me every mental illness in the book now

"There are many similarities between the Schizotypal and Schizoid personalities. Most notable of the similarities is the inability to initiate or maintain relationships (both friendly and romantic). The difference between the two seems to be that those labeled as Schizotypal avoid social interaction because of a deep-seated fear of people. The Schizoid individual simply feels no desire to form relationships, because they quite literally see no point in sharing their time with others.
An important distinction is that people with Schizoid Personality don't typically experience the perceptual distortions, paranoia or illusions typical of Schizotypal Personality or the psychotic episodes of Schizophrenia."  (+ info)

Is it possible that I have Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

I think a guy I've seen in my dreams is real. So technically he's not real to other people.
I know that sounds crazy but I know he's real. I can feel it.

I know we've been together before in another life. I'm just waiting for him to come back for me. I know he wouldn't leave me here.

Not necessarily. I think that maybe you are extremely lonely. When I was younger I had fantasies that almost seemed real. What else is going on in your life? Are you unhappy? While your dream sounds very romantic, I think you should come to terms with the fact that it is just a dream. If you can't, then maybe you should seek out a counselor to talk to who can help you with this. Good luck!  (+ info)

Would you consider schizotypal personality disorder?

would you consider someone who uses their imagination and fantasies to escape reality to have this disorder. Sometimes they'll even just get caught up in it without even knowing. Sometimes it may affect their attention at work or school, it may make people think they're ditzy or head in the clouds. But sometimes it may affect they way they percieve life and if things don't go the way in their daydreams they tend to get pretty depressed. they say it makes them happier to daydream rather than be in touch with reality. Is this what schizotypal personality disorder is

I was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder when I was a teenager and still am. Some of my symptoms are ADHD, which always made school and work difficult. I have a lot of problems with memory and concentration and always have. Using my imagination and fantasies to escape reality is a common practice among people like us. It makes life much easier to deal with and easier to get along with others. I have found therapy and medication useful at times, but not all times. You might want to give it a try. Good luck and remember that you can make a decent life for yourself no matter what mood you find yourself in. Peace. TerriK  (+ info)

What is Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

And also: I know that children aren't diagnosed with Personality disorders, but can teenagers be diagnosed with them?

Try a google search....... yes teenagers can be diagnosed with personality disorders.

I did a google search and there IS a Schizotypal Personality disorder. It is similar to a schizoid type in that both want/need isolation from people/society but the schizo type is because of a fear of people and a schizoid type just sees no point to it.  (+ info)

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