Introduction

Hello, dear reader and welcome.

This is a blog dedicated to discussing mental health in general and Schizotypal Disorder, or Schizotypal Personality Disorder in particular.

Searching the net, there’s plenty of pages to tell you what Schizotypal Disorder is in a general and clinical sense. It is, shortly and rather crudely put, a mild form of schizophrenia. It has a list of symptoms shared with schizophrenia, however the so-called “psychotic symptoms” are very limited or non-existent. But what does all that mean, really? How is it diagnosed, how can you treat it and what is it like to live with it? What on earth do they mean by symptoms such as “ruminations” and “magical thinking” and what-not? Researching the diagnosis and symptoms, I found some of these terms very difficult to understand and found it a little hard to recognize in my own daily life. Assuming I wasn’t the only one, I decided to try and write a blog about it. Both to help organize my thoughts and hopefully make a difference for others.

Mental illness can be a very touchy subject, very hard to understand and accept, both for those living with it and their relations. Many who suffer from these illnesses find themselves feeling misunderstood, isolated and alone. It’s as if there’s something more shameful about having a broken mind than a broken body, simply because the damage is harder to see with the naked eye.

Over the last several years, acceptance of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety has slowly spread as more and more are diagnosed with them, and more people speak up about what it’s truly like to live with these and other psychiatric diagnoses and how treatment helped them better their lives.  But I think there’s still a ways to go, before the stigma of mental illness is truly gone.

By writing about my own experiences living with Schizotypal Disorder, it is my hope to help shed more light on this and similar disorders. Whether you have been diagnosed with a mental illness, know someone who has, or are simply curious about the subject, I hope you’ll find something helpful in my writings. Just note that mine is just one perspective and I am by no means an expert on the subject.

I’ve never made a website or written a blog before, so please bear with me as I learn. Comments and suggestions for the site are welcome and greatly appreciated. If you wish to share your own experiences, you’re also more than welcome to do so in the comments. It is my hope to spark more discussions and spread awareness of mental health as well as to create a place to share experiences and support for a better quality of life for anyone suffering from a mental illness.

14 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. I was suggested this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about
    my trouble. You are incredible! Thanks!

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    • Thank you for your comment, and thanks to your cousin for the recommendation! It just about made my day. It’s great to see someone else who shares some of my troubles and understands what it’s like, you know?
      I can assure you everything in this blog is written entirely by me and is based on my own experiences – and no, I’m not your cousin. Wrong gender for one thing 😉

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    • This was just meant as an introduction to my blog. You may consider my blog posts as part 2, if you like. Maybe I should look at ways to make the blog itself more visible from the introduction though…

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  2. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?
    A couple of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.
    Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

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  3. When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now
    each time a comment is added I get several e-mails with the same comment.

    Is there any way you can remove people from that service?
    Bless you!

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    • I’m very sorry to hear that! I’m not at all sure how that whole notification system works. I’ve tried to look for some way to change notifications for readers, but I can’t seem to find any way to do so. Only notifications for myself.

      I’m thinking there should be a way to unsubscribe yourself from the notifications at least? Or shouldn’t there be some kind of option to unsubscribe in the notification mails themselves? Something saying something along the lines of “if you don’t want to receive notifications like this, click this link”?

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  4. 3 years ago i was diagnosed with this disorder and I couldn’t find anything about it, yesterday I found on Spotify the podcast episode, and it really helped me I should thank you for creating this website!

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