A. A pervasive pattern of discomfort with and reduced capacity for close relationships as well as perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior, beginning by early adulthood. At least five of the following should be present:
1. Ideas of reference: interpreting unrelated events as having direct reference to the patient (eg, a television program is really about him even though the patient is never named).
2. Odd beliefs or magical thinking inconsistent with cultural norms (eg, superstitiousness, belief in clairvoyance, telepathy or a "sixth sense").
3. Unusual perceptual experiences, including bodily illusions.
4. Odd thinking and speech (eg, circumstantial, metaphorical, or stereotyped thinking)
5. Suspiciousness or paranoid ideation.
6. Inappropriate or constricted affect.
7. Behavior or appearance that is odd, eccentric or peculiar.
8. Lack of close friends other than first-degree relatives.
9. Excessive social anxiety that does not diminish with familiarity.
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