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Schizoid Personality Disorder

What It Is

Schizoid personality disorder is different from schizophrenia in that schizophrenics are psychotic and delusional because they cannot be swayed from their delusions. People with schizoid avoid social activities, even avoiding people in general. Schizoid individuals are seen as loners who do not want to have a social life. Therapy helps schizoid individuals, as well as medication in some situations. Schizoids prefer being alone to being with other people. Schizoid people do not need close relationships since they do not want to be around people. They have little desire for sexually themed relationships. They would have problems feeling pleasure at anything, expressing emotions, and reacting to situations. They have a humorless, cold veneer to them.

They may seem to lack motivation and goals, as well as having an inability to react to either praise or criticism. Schizoid personality crops up in adulthood but can arise in childhood as well. Schizoid personality can be like schizotypal personality and schizophrenia itself. But unlike schizophrenia, schizoid people are in touch with reality, which means they do not experience paranoia or hallucinations, which schizophrenics get plenty of. Schizoid people do not regularly see a doctor unless they also have depression. Schizoid personality can come from a parent who has it or can be learned behavior. Schizoids have had parents who were cold and neglectful to them, as well as unresponsive to emotional needs.

Schizoid people can develop schizotypal personality disorder; schizophrenia or another delusional disorder because having schizoid puts the person at increased risk of developing these illnesses. Other personality disorders can arise as can major depression along with anxiety. Schizoid people have trouble with challenges, but the illness doesn’t appear with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder with depressive disorder or psychotic features,

Schizoid people prefer to be alone and do not want to be part of a family, as well as have little interest in sexual relationships with another person. They lack close friends other than first-degree relatives. Emotionally, they are cold, detached, with flat affect. They are indifferent to praise or criticism since they remain as a Vulcan-like detachment to emotion in general. They take pleasure in few activities. This disorder is not diagnosed if due to a pervasive developmental disorder. Treatment involves getting the person with schizoid to develop closer friendships with family and choosing solitary activities can be transformed into group activities. Schizoids need to develop closer friendships along with an awareness of criticism or praise from others.

Schizoid people have trouble expressing emotions. They do not always want to share their feelings. They do not understand that other people have emotions or that they have emotions they can express if they want to. Schizoid personality is more prevalent in men than in women. Many people have major depression in addition to schizoid, and it is common in people who have a family history of schizophrenia as well. Others can have schizotypal, paranoid, borderline, or avoidant. Avoidant people avoid, people with both schizoid and avoidant spend their lives not being around other people, plain and simple. They avoid relatives and have no close friends or confidants except their 1st-degree relatives. 

Schizoid people don’t care about what other people think of them, either good or bad, seeming aloof by rarely reacting to anything. They might even be the sorts of person who is passive while responding to changing circumstances. They may seem like they have no direction in life. Schizoid patients feel uncomfortable revealing who they are. Schizoids are pretty much indifferent to other people, as well as to interacting with them. Schizoid is not like schizophrenia in that the schizoid is in touch with reality while schizophrenics are not. Schizoid people do not have hallucinations so somebody who has schizophrenia may or may not be schizoid as well.

Works Cited

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizoid-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20354414

https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric-disorders/personality-disorders/schizoid-personality-disorder-scpd

https://www.mentalhealth.com/home/dx/schizoidpersonality.html

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