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Question I think i might have borderline and schizotypal - October 10th 2012, 09:19 PM

I've taken countless tests and they all have showed positive for both I notice that I have pretty much all of the symptoms there is a lot of history with mental disorders in my family should I be worried should I tell my parents about this should I be taking medication what should I do?
   
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Re: I think i might have borderline and schizotypal - October 10th 2012, 10:16 PM

First of all, how old are you? Personality disorders can't and aren't diagnosed before a person turns 18 and there is a reason for that. Your personality isn't done forming before that age.
Second, there is a reason online tests are not used to diagnose any psychological condition. They are incredibly inaccurate and are mostly developed as something fun to do and share with your friends. Taking a test or two or more online and having them say you have a personality disorder in no way means you actually have one. You have to remind yourself, most of these tests aren't even developed by anybody with any psychiatric training.
Everybody in the world has traits of personality disorders, since these traits are normal in regular amounts. It's only a disorder when you have so much of a collection of traits that it has a negative impact on your life or the lives of people around you.
If you're still worried, talk to your doctor. But don't rely on any tests.


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Re: I think i might have borderline and schizotypal - October 10th 2012, 10:44 PM

I'm 13 which is about the age 2 of my siblings were diagnosed with post personality disorders you know where they have some characteristics and have a higher chance that they will have a full one when they are older and not all of the tests were online some were ones that some of my family members have taken you know the ones that psychiatrists send you just if you have any questions about it (I grew up around lots of mental problems) and it has affected a little I'm just worried because I have read like articles where people children and teens mostly when they are around a lot of people with mental disorders like people they look up to they start to form symptoms of it like copying them I guess and some of my family members have some crazy mental disorders and have been in and out of psychiatric care I just don't want to end up like that and there are other ones in my family that aren't exactly classified as a personality disorder I guess maybe there is one thats not one thats similar?
   
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Re: I think i might have borderline and schizotypal - October 10th 2012, 11:54 PM

Reading questionnaires administered by psychological professionals is NOT equivalent to a proper psychological assessment. You cannot determine if you have a personality disorder simply by calculating the results of a questionnaire. It's not that simple. Many (if not all) of us exhibit "symptoms" of personality disorders. You're 13 - of COURSE you're going to seem "borderline" or "schizotypal" at times. That's what happens when your mind is flooded with hormones. You absolutely, positively cannot rely on ANY test, EVEN if it is used by psychological professionals. Psychological professionals do not rely on those tests alone - they will also ask about family history, environmental factors, medical conditions, other mental health issues, etc. The only diagnosis that can be considered "reliable" in the clinical sense is one that comes from a psychological professional after careful assessment. Neither you nor your family members can make that call. If you are concerned about your mental well-being, then you need to see one of those psychological professionals. I'm sure one of your family members can refer you to someone, given the family history of mental illness.






   
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Re: I think i might have borderline and schizotypal - October 11th 2012, 12:03 AM

so I should tell them okay thank you
   
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