A young man wonders if he may have schizotypal personality disorder.

Take This Schizotypal Personality Disorder Quiz

5 min.

Schizotypal personality disorder can impact many areas of a person’s life. Take this test to learn if you have experienced SPD symptoms.

By: Charlie Health Editorial Team

Clinically Reviewed By: Meghan Jensen

June 11, 2024

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Disclaimer: This test is not a diagnostic tool or substitute for professional mental health advice. It is not meant to imply the prevalence of any mental or physical health issue(s). 

What do the results of this schizotypal personality disorder quiz mean?

While it is a quiz, this SPD doesn’t replace an SPD diagnosis test, and it isn’t a substitute for professional mental health support. This quiz is designed to help you understand your likelihood of experiencing SPD. The quiz can help you become more aware of specific thoughts, behaviors, and feelings associated with SPD. This understanding can help you seek appropriate support, therapy, and resources you may need. Remember that the quiz results are just one way to understand your experiences and should be used with other forms of support, including connecting with loved ones or a mental health professional.

What is a normal score on this quiz?

There is not a “normal” score on this antisocial personality disorder test, as experiences and challenges of SPD can vary. However, the results of this quiz exist on a spectrum of SPD symptoms, ranging from a low likelihood of experiencing symptoms associated with SPD to a high likelihood of experiencing symptoms associated with SPD. Interpret the score in the context of your overall mental health and functioning rather than comparing it to a predefined “normal.”

What is a low score on this quiz?

A low score on this quiz indicates that you have little to no signs of SPD. This likely means you rarely or never experienced the examples listed in the quiz. A low score suggests fewer traits associated with SPD, but it doesn’t rule out other mental health issues or lessen any psychological distress you may feel. If you have any mental health concerns or symptoms, seek support from a healthcare professional for a thorough assessment.

What is a high score on this quiz?

A high score on this quiz indicates that you exhibit several characteristics commonly associated with SPD. This means that you often or very often experienced the examples listed in the quiz. If your score is in this range, it is advisable to seek a detailed evaluation from a mental health professional to discuss your experiences and explore possible treatments or interventions.

Who is this schizotypal personality disorder quiz for?

This schizotypal personality disorder (SPD) test is designed for anyone who suspects they may be experiencing symptoms associated with SPD. While not a diagnostic tool, this quiz helps identify potential SPD traits, which might prompt people to seek further evaluation or support from a mental health professional.

This quiz is not a diagnostic tool and should not replace professional advice. If you believe you might have SPD or any other mental health condition, it is recommended to consult with a licensed therapist or psychiatrist for a comprehensive assessment and appropriate treatment options.

How can taking this schizotypal personality disorder quiz be helpful?

This SPD quiz can increase your self-awareness by highlighting specific thoughts, behaviors, and feelings associated with SPD, helping you understand your symptoms better. This early identification can prompt you to seek professional help sooner, leading to better outcomes. The quiz may also reduce feelings of isolation by showing that your experiences are recognized and can be addressed. Additionally, the results can serve as a conversation starter with mental health professionals, making it easier to discuss your concerns. Remember, while this quiz is a valuable tool for reflection, it is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment. If you have concerns, consult a licensed therapist or psychiatrist. 

What is schizotypal personality disorder? 

SPD is a mental health condition marked by persistent social and interpersonal difficulties, along with unusual thoughts and behaviors. People with SPD often feel very uncomfortable in close relationships and struggle to form and maintain social connections. They may have paranoid thoughts, believing others have negative opinions of them or that everyday events hold special, personal significance, which increases their social anxiety and leads to withdrawal. 

People with SPD might experience cognitive and perceptual distortions, such as sensing a presence or hearing whispers that aren’t there. They may also hold odd beliefs or engage in magical thinking, like believing they have special powers or that their thoughts can influence events. These distorted perceptions can make it hard for them to understand reality accurately, often resulting in misunderstandings and mistrust.

People with SPD often exhibit eccentricities in speaking, dressing, or acting, which can make social interactions challenging. Their communication might be vague or overly detailed, making it hard for others to follow. They might appear unusual or unkempt and engage in odd behaviors. Despite these challenges, early diagnosis and treatment, including psychotherapy and sometimes medication, can help people with SPD manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

SPD is included in cluster a personality disorders, a grouping of personality disorders characterized by unusual and odd thoughts and behaviors. This cluster contains three specific personality disorders: paranoid personality disorder (PPD), schizoid personality disorder, and SPD. 

Treatment for SPD often involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Psychotherapy, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is effective in helping people improve their social skills, reduce social anxiety, and address distorted thinking patterns. CBT can help people challenge and change their unusual beliefs and perceptions. In some cases, medications such as antidepressants or antipsychotics may be prescribed to manage specific symptoms like depression, anxiety, or perceptual distortions. Early diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan are crucial in helping people with SPD lead more functional and fulfilling lives. 

Trauma and schizotypal personality disorder

Research has shown a significant link between trauma and SPD. One study found that both childhood maltreatment and traumatic events were strongly associated with schizotypal symptoms. The study also discovered that childhood maltreatment was more strongly linked to schizotypal symptoms in men, while PTSD-related trauma was more strongly related to these symptoms in women.

Another study highlighted the role of emotional abuse and PTSD in predicting SPD. Emotional abuse was a significant predictor of SPD, and PTSD symptoms were explicitly linked to certain SPD traits, such as excessive social anxiety and unusual perceptual experiences. The findings suggest that PTSD may partially mediate the relationship between emotional abuse and SPD, indicating that the effects of trauma can lead to schizotypal symptoms through PTSD.A third study found that people who experienced trauma showed more suspicious behavior and other schizotypal traits, regardless of whether they had a mental health disorder or not. Trauma exposure was also linked to deficits in social cognitive abilities, such as understanding facial expressions and social cues. This suggests that childhood trauma has a lasting impact on schizotypal traits and social cognition, affecting both those with and without psychotic disorders.

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