Posted by Dinah on June 24, 2010, at 7:13:40 [reposted on June 25, 2010, at 15:38:48 | original URL]
In reply to Re: Cool Psych Test » violette, posted by violette on June 23, 2010, at 19:55:10
My therapist and I have had a running battle on schizotypal personality disorder. He and the psychiatrist who was associated with his group thought I had schizotypal personality disorder. I disagreed. My next psychiatrist looked at me a bit severely when I asked about it, and said that I absolutely didn't have schizotypal personality disorder, and that at most I might have schizoid or schizotypal traits.
My therapist loves these tests because they generally do show me as being high in schizotypy.
So I've done a fair amount of research, and frankly I wouldn't worry it. Some schizotypal traits overlap with other personality types. And some can, as you suggested, come with depression. Especially if you are introverted by nature. If it hasn't been stable over time, it could just be the stress of what you're under right now.
And there is a big difference between schizotypal traits and schizotypal personality disorder.
A lot of what you describe can come from depression and/or anxiety or stress.
It's definitely something to talk to him about, if you're worried about it. And if you're really concerned, you could get a second opinion from a more biologically based psychiatrist, or a neurologist perhaps. I worried for years about my toe walking, for fear it was a sign of asperger's. I have more than a few aspergerish traits as well. Psychiatrists gave it due consideration. When I was at my migraine neurologist, she was doing a full neurological exam and I asked her about it. Turns out it wasn't a neurological symptom at all. I have a short somethingoranother tendon.
Psychoanalytically oriented psychiatrists can be very good for analysis. But what you're asking about here are brain based neurological questions and perhaps best answered by a neuropsychologist? If you're concerned that your psychiatrist isn't showing sufficient concern about what you are worried about.
It wouldn't mean a lack of confidence in him. Just a recognition that specialized questions are sometimes best answered by a specialist.