Monday, May 10, 2010

Schizo- What?

Schizotypal Personality Disorder. It's a big scary name for a condition, I mean afterall, the root word is "Schizo" so that means it must be connected to being a Schizophrenic. Truth is, this is correct. Most people hear the term and are completely freaked out by it. Schizophrenia as people have seen it means that people have multiple personalities, but lets take some time to explore it. A person is not able to really understand it until it's presented before them. Many stereotypes and prejuidices exist among us and the first way to knock those down are to educate the public.
Let's take a look at the root word "Schizo" Sometimes this word is used in derrogatory ways to describe somebody who is afflicted with a mental illness. There are many different mental illnesses that begin with the word "Schizo" but in the normal world it almost always means a reference to somebody who is suffering from Schizophrenia. A Schizotypal could go that way if they decompensate enough. Thankfully, most of us are not there at that point yet.

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