Do I have Schizotypal Personality Disorder?

Are you always looking over your shoulder? Do often feel like you're being singled out or driven by a force higher than you are? While a certain amount of these traits are normal, more severe cases might indicate a Schizotypal Personality Disorder. Although we're no substitute for your doctor's diagnosis, we do know a lot about the traits and characteristics that come with the condition. If you've been feeling a little out of sorts and you've been wondering if you might have a personality disorder, you've come to the right starting point. As you go through these quiz questions, we'll ask you to answer as honestly as you can. When you've finished, we'll be able to measure your results against the most common symptoms of the disorder. Will you score higher than you think you will, or will you have known all along? Let's get started and see how many Schizotypal traits you exhibit!

History lesson

The life of Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh's artistic career began in earnest in the late 1870s after a series of unsuccessful stints as an art dealer, a teacher, and a lay preacher. Initially, his artwork focused on somber and dark themes inspired by the Dutch countryside and the lives of peasants. His early works, such as "The Potato Eaters" (1885), showcase his interest in capturing the harsh realities of rural life, marked by earthy tones and rough brushwork.

In 1886, Van Gogh moved to Paris, where he was exposed to the vibrant art scene and the works of the Impressionists and Neo-Impressionists, this period profoundly influenced his artistic style, as he began to experiment with brighter colors and lighter brushstrokes, inspired by artists like Claude Monet and Georges Seurat.

Van Gogh's time in Arles, in the south of France, marked a particularly productive period in his artistic career. The region's landscape and light inspired some of his most famous works, including "The Yellow House" (1888) and "Sunflowers" (1888). During this time, he also painted one of his most iconic pieces, "Starry Night Over the Rhône" (1888), which captures the night sky with swirling brushstrokes and vivid colors.

Throughout his life, Van Gogh struggled with mental health issues, which have been speculated to include bipolar disorder, epilepsy, and possibly Schizotypal Personality Disorder. A pattern of social and interpersonal deficits, eccentric behavior, and thinking characterizes the latter condition. Though it is impossible to definitively diagnose Van Gogh with this disorder, some of his documented behaviors and experiences, such as social isolation, intense preoccupations, and a sense of being driven by forces beyond his control, do align with the characteristics of Schizotypal Personality Disorder.

In December 1888, Van Gogh experienced a mental breakdown, culminating in the infamous incident in which he severed part of his own ear. After this event, he voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where he continued to create art during his year-long stay. Some of his most renowned paintings from this period include "The Irises" (1889) and "Starry Night" (1889), which showcase his ability to imbue his work with a sense of emotional intensity, even during his darkest moments.

In 1890, van Gogh moved to Auvers-sur-Oise, a village near Paris, where he continued to paint prolifically. However, his mental health continued to decline, and on July 27, 1890, he tragically took his own life at the age of 37.

Did you know?

You might recognize a few people who have Schizotypal Personality Disorder

Marked by feelings of magical thinking and eccentric living, those with Schizotypal Personality Disorder tend to have a hard time in relationships. Sometimes stemming from childhood trauma and neglect, those with the disorder tend to live in their own worlds and have very few social connections. While the condition was once considered rare, recent studies have shown that around 4% of the population lives with the disorder, and the number is growing. Other types of personality disorders (Bipolar and Borderline) have often taken center stage, but the paranoid symptoms and lack of trust tend to run deeper with Schizotypal Disorder. If you have the disorder, you should know you're not alone. Some very famous people are also said to have lived with it. Some of those include Vincent Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson, and Willy Wonka. Although Wonka is a fictional figure, his "world of pure imagination" indicates the associated symptoms and traits.

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