People with schizotypal personality disorder are often described as odd or eccentric and usually have few, if any, close relationships. They generally don't understand how relationships form or the impact of their behavior on others. They may also misinterpret others' motivations and behaviors and develop significant distrust of others. These problems may lead to severe anxiety and a tendency to avoid social situations, as the person with schizotypal personality disorder tends to hold peculiar beliefs and may have difficulty with responding appropriately to social cues. Schizotypal personality disorder typically is diagnosed in early adulthood and is likely to endure across the lifespan, though treatment, such as medications and therapy, can improve symptoms.
Due to the odd thoughts people percive people with Schizotypal Personality Disorder as weird or oddballs or even stupid. This can make it hard for people with this disorder, since they can't control having these thoughts. People sometimes falsely diagnose people who have SPD with schizophernia. Though they are similar, they are not the same. The main difference people with schizophernia can't seperate their thoughts from reality, while people with schizotypal personality disorder can.