Note- This is my personal perspective of having Autism and a PD
In previous posts I have come to the conclusion that my Autism doesn’t define me, but in my early twenties and when I was in my first job which was awful, two Personality Disorders came into the forefront which were “extremes” of my “normal” personality traits. Donna Williams has done extensive research into these areas of personhood (including extremes) and the developmental aspects of Autism and how they co-exist.
Schizotypal Personality Disorder – The Extreme/Disordered version of the “Idiosyncratic ” Personality
The ICD- 10 definition is:
- A disorder characterized by eccentric behavior and anomalies of thinking and affect which resemble those seen in schizophrenia, though no definite and characteristic schizophrenic anomalies have occurred at any stage. There is no dominant or typical disturbance, but any of the following may be present:
- Inappropriate or constricted affect (the individual appears cold and aloof);
- Behavior or appearance that is odd, eccentric or peculiar;
- Poor rapport with others and a tendency to withdraw socially;
- Odd beliefs or magical thinking, influencing behavior and inconsistent with subcultural norms;
- Suspiciousness or paranoid ideas;
- Obsessive ruminations without inner resistance, often with dysmorphophobic, sexual or aggressive contents;
- Unusual perceptual experiences including somatosensory (bodily) or other illusions, depersonalization or derealization;
- Vague, circumstantial, metaphorical, over-elaborate or stereotyped thinking, manifested by odd speech or in other ways, without gross incoherence;
This was due to many, many years of misunderstandings not all these traits relate to me – but I believe I wrote it best on my website where is an extract –
Can Autism and Schizotypal Personality Disorder Co-Exist?
The answer to your question is yes it can. To quote a teacher at a specialist school “You’ve got a brain (Autistic or Not) you can get a Mental Health Personality Disorder”. I had this along with Borderline Personality Disorder after a nervous breakdown at work. This Personality Disorder was slowly manifesting over about 2 years before before I left work, it is clear that I have Autism from my early development (Just checkout my early development page) and I can’t see why this “invisible” barrier must come up when dealing with someone who could both have Autism (A Developmental Disorder) and Schizotypal Personality Disorder (A Mental Health Disorder).
Magical Thinking & Psychotic Episodes
Yes this warped disturbed “Magical Thinking” was becoming more and more invasive and prominent as my mental health was getting worse. I remember having a massive episode in a public area it was scary (I had both depersonalisation and derealisation) this along with the psychotic episode was in a way a cry for help. My reality was in a mess but thankfully through the help of my family I got through this, I’m very thankful for their on going support and help.
Autism and Mental Health problems must be taken seriously and sensitively. The specialist must have knowledge in Autism to be able to help effectively and pro-actively sadly I never got this attention but my hope is in the future this becomes the mainstream!
Autism Blog – Autism New Science & Opinion
Scroll down towards the end of this blog there are interesting links, medical studies and personal accounts towards the interlinking between Autism, Asperger’s & Schizotypal and Schizoid Personality Disorders
Remember “Autism” and “Personality are two different entities that co-exist within our selves the reason why my personality became “disordered” was because of issues of environment which compacted with my developmental issues and information processing made it difficult at this point in time, I still remain strong and positive thought. 🙂 The only way is forward. 🙂
Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014