Schizotypal personality disorder (SPD) is a type of mental health diagnosis that is characterized by odd behaviors and beliefs that become the focus of the patient’s life so overwhelmingly that they find it difficult to connect with others in a meaningful way. The disorder can make it difficult for the patient to maintain positive relationships at home and in the community, which in turn can make it harder for them to find and maintain employment and function effectively on a day-to-day basis.
Schizotypal personality disorder often co-occurs with other disorders. Some conditions that commonly co-occur with SPD include:
When a patient experiences mental health symptoms that impair their ability to function healthfully with others, treatment can help.
When these mental health symptoms occur in combination with another disorder – like substance abuse and addiction – it is imperative that the treatment program includes services that actively direct specified treatment assistance to both disorders simultaneously.
Learn more about the possibilities provided by access to Dual Diagnosis treatment when you contact us at the phone number listed above today.
Some signs of schizotypal personality disorder include:
Often, odd thought patterns, beliefs and behaviors become such a preoccupation for the patient that they are unable to maintain normal relationships with others.
Schizotypal personality disorder is not schizophrenia. Though it can occur more often in families where another member is diagnosed with schizophrenia, according to a study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin, the two disorders are very different. Those diagnosed with schizotypal personality disorder do NOT:
In addition to the common misconception that schizotypal personality disorder and schizophrenia are the same, a report published in the journal Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that there are a number of disorders that are confused with schizotypal personality disorder due to the similarity between symptoms.
Disorders commonly mistaken for or confused with schizotypal personality disorder include:
The risk of misdiagnosis highlights the need for treatment that begins with a thorough and extensive evaluation and diagnostic process. The more intensive the initial evaluation of your loved one, the more likely it is that the medical and therapeutic team will be able to accurately identify the correct diagnoses and then implement evidence-based treatments that are proven to help eradicate, mitigate or manage symptoms for the long term.
In order to help patients manage symptoms of schizotypal personality disorder, medications are often necessary. The type, dose and combination of medications appropriate for treatment will vary from patient to patient. Some options may include:
Medication alone cannot treat schizotypal personality disorder. Talk therapy and social skills training are recommended.
It is estimated that six out of 10 people who struggle with a substance abuse or addiction issue are also living with a mental health disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
That means that about 60 percent of people who seek treatment for drug or alcohol abuse will also need help dealing with mental health symptoms like the ones experienced by those living with schizotypal personality disorder.
Why does this happen? According to NIDA, there could be any combination of factors that create this phenomenon, including:
When a diagnosis of both a mental health disorder like schizotypal personality disorder and a drug or alcohol addiction is present, Dual Diagnosis treatment is recommended. Only at a Dual Diagnosis rehab program can a patient be guaranteed:
When schizotypal personality disorder is an issue, there are certain therapies that will be effective. Additionally, depending on the drug of choice and other issues that are problematic in the patient’s life, a number of different types of therapies may be effective in providing your loved one with the multilayered care necessary to make steady and marked progress in every problematic area.
Patients may wish to incorporate any of the following into their Dual Diagnosis treatment program when both schizotypal personality disorder and addiction occur:
If your loved one is living with a schizotypal personality disorder and/or a substance abuse problem, it is likely that you will need to assist them in finding the most appropriate treatment program possible. However, it’s not a process that you have to undertake alone.
Call us at the phone number listed above and speak to an admissions coordinator today. We will be able to answer your questions about Dual Diagnosis treatment and talk to you about the needs of your loved one in recovery. Additionally, we will be able to connect you with a Dual Diagnosis rehab program that provides the specialized care necessary to help your loved one begin the growing and healing process now.
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