I feel a lot of people on this forum may have Schyzopal Personality Disorder not SAD
I really felt I needed to point this out because I was recently diagnosed with it an had no idea.
I've always thought I had Social Anxiety but literally nothing I've tried worked for me. When I was diagnosed with Schyzopal personality disorder, it all made sense. Schyzopal personality disorder is a mild form of Schyzophrenia. It turns out most of my anxiety comes from constant paranoia that keeps me always in the flight or flight mode.
The thing about this disorder is that it's constant social anxiety that doesn't go away with exposure to doing something that you fear. I always wondered why no matter what, even around my closes friends I still had this flight or flight response to everything no matter how much I exposed myself to situations. It might go away for a day as I get comfortable in my surrounding as I slowly realize that I'm not in danger but the second I wake up the next day the irrational fear returns.
I highly suggest those on here, especially those with childhood abuse check out the criteria for what is looked for in diagnoses for this disorder because I'm sure there's a lot of people on here that are looking in the wrong direction and it's kinda nice knowing what my problem is now.
Unfortunately, there's not a lot about this disorder online in comparison to full on Schizophrenia for some reason.
Here's a list of symptoms
Dressing, speaking, or acting in an odd or peculiar way
Being suspicious and paranoid
Being uncomfortable or anxious in social situations due to their distrust of others
Having few friends and being extremely uncomfortable with intimacy
Tending to misinterpret reality or to have distorted perceptions (for example, mistaking noises for voices)
Having odd beliefs or magical thinking (for example, being overly superstitious or thinking of themselves as psychic)
Being preoccupied with fantasy and daydreaming
Tending to be stiff and awkward when relating to others
Coming across as emotionally distant, aloof, or cold
I have all of these symptoms. Especially the one about having odd beliefs and magical thinking. I sometimes feel like others can read my mind and I always have this weird view of myself where I feel like I'm on this earth for something special. Like I have powers that I don't know about that will come into use in the future when needed. Now the difference between Schizopal personality disorder and Schizophrenia is that people with Schizopal for the most part know that their delusions and thinking are not real instead of full on believing them like most with Schizophrenia do.
I don't have audio hallucinations either