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.
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.
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I look forward to reading your blog. My son was identified with this diagnosis this past summer. While it is helpful to have a name for it, I want to understand more.
Thank you for your interest. Schizotypal can be a bit of a confusing diagnosis. Especially if all you have to go on is the official description and symptom list. I’ve certainly had a hard time explaining it properly to my own family. I hope you’ll find something useful in my scribbles.
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Howdy, i read your blog occasionally and i own a
similar one and i was just curious if you get a lot of spam comments?
If so how do you prevent it, any plugin or anything you can advise?
I get so much lately it’s driving me crazy so any support is very much appreciated.
Sorry to hear you’re having such a problem with spam comments.
I get a few, but not so many that it’s too much of a problem for me. I don’t have any special way to deal with them or any good advice to offer, unfortunately. I’m very new to the whole blogging thing, so I’m still slowly figuring things out myself.
I hope you figure something out. Spam’s the worst.
Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.
I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward
to new posts.
Sadly no, I’m not very good at keeping up with social media. I do have an account and did convince a couple friends to share my blog on their accounts, but I’m not active on there, so there wouldn’t be anything to follow.
If I do decide to try and use Twitter more in the future, I’ll make sure to post it somewhere on here. But for right now, I’ve too many other things going on.