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Whats a schizoid personality disorder?

Whats a schizoid personality disorder?

Social disconnection: Schizoid personality is associated with a general lack of reaction / connection socially. Remember the song, "people who need people?" schizoid people appear to not need people, or at least they act that way. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more


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What is 'schizoid personality disorder'?

Social indifference: Schizoid personality disorder is a psychiatric condition in which a person has a lifelong pattern of indifference to others and social isolation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have schizoid personality disorder?

Seek psychotherapy.: Schizoid personality disorder individuals usually benefit from psychotherapy in which they learn how to connect with people around them and create emotional connections while controlling the anxiety generated by social interactions. This is usually done teaching and modeling social skills, and by recognizing how emotions control our thoughts/actions. Find help with a psychotherapist in your area. ...Read more

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What is diagnosis of schizoid personality disorder?

What is diagnosis of schizoid personality disorder?

I am an island: It's a long-term and unusual pattern of experience and behavior. People with this disorder tend to be detached from social relationships. When they're with others they may not show much emotion. They usually choose to be alone because they don't desire or enjoy close relationships. They don't tend to have close friends and may appear indifferent to praise or criticism. ...Read more

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How to know if I have schizoid personality disorder?

See provider: Meeting with a mental health professional will provide you with the best likelihood of getting an accurate assessment and feedback. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can one get better from schizoid personality disorder?

May be: By definition, schizoid personality is a disorder that is " idiosyntonic" which means the patient suffering from it is not distressed" and feels somewhat in harmony with the symptoms. One of the biggest motivations for treatment and successful outcome is "being distressed"'by the impact of the symptoms. So in this disorder , there is little motivation because of lack of distress. ...Read more

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Can there be a mild form of schizoid personality disorder?

Traits vs Disorder: People may have any variation of personality traits in a "milder" form that do not meet the diagnostic criteria for a disorder. They key thing to look at is are these traits functionally causing impairment or not? ...Read more

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Will I be able to recover from a lifetime of schizoid personality disorder?

PersonalityDisorders: are difficult to treat; however, if you want to make changes you are ahead of the game. Most people w' personality disorders do not think there is anything wrong with them. Find a good therapist and start working on the things that you are uncomfortable with about yourself, which are the neurotic parts and your strengths. It will take time, but is worth it. ...Read more

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I think I have schizoid personality disorder. What symptoms should I have?

Read NIH fact sheet: Nih fact sheet:
http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001918/

this is a personality disorder with several specific criteria that need time (several visits) to be clarified with your treating psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I believe I have schizoid personality disorder. Does this have to be treated?

Schizoid personality: Consult with mental health professional if your symptoms interfere with your daily functioning or cause u significant distress. ...Read more

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Is it possible to truly recover from a lifetime of schizoid personality disorder?

Let me try: Personality disorders seem confusing, but they're really not. They are styles not illnesses so you don't recover, you might change but it's not common to be drastically different after you're adult. So, if you still are just not very interested in social relationships and even prefer spending time alone, that's you. It might be a problem to others, and that may trouble you. Talk therapy may help. ...Read more

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How do somebody get treated for schizoid personality disorder? What medications?

Read NIH fact sheet: Nih fact sheet:
http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001918/

this is a personality disorder with several specific criteria that need time (several visits) to be clarified with your treating psychiatrist.
You can ask your primary doctor for a referral. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have taken many tests online & they all say I have schizoid personality disorder. What does that even mean?

Any advice? I have taken many tests online & they all say I have schizoid personality disorder. What does that even mean?

It is dangerous to: Use online tests to diagnose personality disorders. Even qualified professionals do not rely on testing along, but also on their clinical judgement and experience. Please see a mental health professional who can properly asses your situation. Clinical psychologists are well trained in this. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I don't think I have schizoid personality disorder but I do have lot of the symptoms. Is it possible for someone to have mild schizoid personality disorder?

PROBABLY: Mild to severe might be measured depending on how much one's problems disrupt living. If you have a lot of the symptoms, stabilizing the difficulties might make life much more comfortable. This may be good cause for psychotherapy. ...Read more

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How to self treat for schizoid personality disorder?

Seek treatment: While personality tends to be stable, consider treatment if you do have a schizoid personality. Psychotherapeutic support and cbt may be able to help. ...Read more

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Help please! is disliking affection a sign of schizoid personality disorder?

Could be. Others?: Disliking affection - or even less intense levels of interpersonal involvement is likely to be a trait of schizoid pd. But it probably would not be the only one. If there are no big problems due to this, it might be better to use the less severe term personality trait and avoid the word "disorder". ...Read more

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Is it possible that family hostility and cruelty cause schizoid personality disorder?

Schizoid personality disorder: Risk factors

having a parent or other relative who has schizoid personality disorder, schizotypal personality disorder or schizophrenia
having a parent who was cold or unresponsive to emotional needs
being hypersensitive or thin-skinned in your early teen years and having these needs treated with annoyance or scorn,
child abuse, neglect or mistreatment.

www.mayoclinic.com. ...Read more

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I think my daughter has schizoid personality disorder should I get her checked out? Is it important to change this?

See a psychologist : Have your daughter evaluated by a psychologist. Further recommendations can be made about appropriate treatment once a diagnosis has been established. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Is there any hope for a person with schizoid personality disorder? Or is there prognosis to just live like a hermit?

Is there any hope for a person with schizoid personality disorder? Or is there prognosis to just live like a hermit?

Hope for help?: Schizoid personality disorder can be difficult, but not impossible to help with ongoing psychotherapy. If the person is truly willing to try new behaviors which may not feel natural at first, some progress can be made. Some do prefer solitude to interactions with others, though. It depends on what you really want for yourself, and how committed you are to change. ...Read more

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What are treatments for schizoid personality disorder?

Read NIH fact sheet: Nih fact sheet:
http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001918/

this is a personality disorder with several specific criteria that need time (several visits) to be clarified with your treating psychiatrist.
You can ask your primary doctor for a referral. ...Read more

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What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

Different presentati: schizoid persons withdraw from others and isolate. Schizotypal persons act unusual. ...Read more

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Are there any medicines to treat schizoid personality disorder? N is psychatric thearapy needed along with medications?

Are there any medicines to treat schizoid personality disorder? N is psychatric thearapy needed along with medications?

No med is approved: No medications are approved for treating schizoid personality disorder. Sometimes psychiatric medications are used to treat accompanying symptoms such as anxiety, feelings of unreality, or depression. Psychotherapy is the treatment of choice, and I have seen the best results with a depth psychological psychoanalytic psychotherapy. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between depression and schizoid personality disorder?

What is the main difference between depression and schizoid personality disorder?

Big difference: While schizoid personality refers to a relatively set way of integrating information, processing and outward behaviors (i.e. Personality), depression refers to very specific symptoms that cause dysfunction in daily life. These symptoms can affect sleep, eating, energy, interest in life. While people with schizoid personality can get depressed, they are usually not affected by their traits. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person has a schizoid personality disorder, would they be interested in playing sports, like boxing?

Can you tell me if a person has a schizoid personality disorder, would they be interested in playing sports, like boxing?

Why do you ask?: There's little point in making a diagnosis of "personality disorder" since there's no magic pill to cure it, and the real question is, "What can I do to help myself / this person be happier and more fulfilled?" A fair number of folks are loners, withdrawn, don't communicate well, prefer low-maintenance relationships. Boxing's a sport where you train alone & would be a good one for such folks. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if a person has a schizoid personality disorder, would they be interested in playing sports, like boxing?

Can you tell me what you suggest if a person has a schizoid personality disorder, would they be interested in playing sports, like boxing?

Not likely: The hallmark of the schizoid personality disorder is an indifference to interpersonal relationships. In plain English, these folks prefer to be alone much of the time, and are not lonely because of it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between clinical depression and schizoid personality disorder?

Depression: Both can show avoidance and withdrawal and isolation with blunted affect, but depression also shows vegetative symptoms such as change in sleep/appetite/energy , and thoughts of despair &self-harm. ...Read more

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How can therapists differentiate between schizoid personality disorder and the negative symptoms of psychosis?

GOOD question.: Schizoid PSTY sufferers generally don't like being with other, are "drifter" types and like to wander around, usually solo. They have odd behaviors sometimes, usually around social events. Psychotics aren't necessarily withdrawn socially, and their oddities are usually somewhat different--related more to delusions or hallucinations, which are not typical of Schizoids. Neg. Sx's are lethargy, ...Read more

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What are the main differences between avoidant and schizoid personality disorders?

Anxiety vs Desire: First, schizoid personality disorder is more closely associated with the personality disorders within its own cluster, the "odd, eccentric" cluster. Avoidant, on the other hand, is in the "anxious, avoidant" cluster, which summarizes many of its characteristics. Spd have low expression of emotion and little desire for social relationships; apd more similar to generalized social anxiety disorder. ...Read more

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Can a person go back and forth from being schizoid to borderline personality disorder? Are these two related and is it possible to be displaying both?

Unlikely: One is flamboyant and filled with interpersonal drama. The other is silent and withdrawn. If you are seeing both, personally i would consider a dissociative disorder as a highly likely explanation. ...Read more

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Why is a schizoid personality a disorder?

Why is a schizoid personality  a disorder?

Schizoid: The hallmark of the schizoid personality disorder is an indifference to interpersonal relationships. In plain English, these folks prefer to be alone much of the time, and are not lonely because of it. The causes of this disorder are unknown. ...Read more