10 Schizoid Personality Disorder Symptoms

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Personality disorders are characterized by rigid patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that cause distress or impairment in social, occupational or other areas of functioning. The DSM-5 organizes personality disorders into three groups, including Cluster A, B, and C. Schizoid personality disorder is a Cluster A disorder. Cluster A disorders involve odd or eccentric ways of thinking or behaving.1Triebwasser, Joseph et al. ‘Schizoid personality disorder.’ Journal of personality disorders vol. 26,6 (2012): 919-2 6: doi:10.1521/pedi.2012.26.6.919

Schizoid personality disorder is characterized by social isolation and indifference towards other people. People with this disorder are often described as cold or withdrawn. They are disinterested in having close relationships, preferring to be alone. Below are symptoms of schizoid personality disorder.

1. Neither Desires nor Enjoys Close Relationships

Although many people feel the need to be alone sometimes, most generally enjoy close relationships with other people, whether romantic or platonic. There is also compelling evidence that strong relationships with others contribute positively to both physical and mental well-being.

A person with schizoid personality disorder typically has little interest in forming close relationships with others and will often have difficulty forming healthy interpersonal attachments.2Ekselius, Lisa. ‘Personality disorder: a disease in disguise.’ Upsala journal of medical sciences vol. 123,4 (2018): 194-20 4: doi:10.1080/03009734.2018.1526235 Some people with the disorder may have an inner longing for closeness but are hampered by an inability to bond or connect with others on a deep level.

Schizoid Personality Disorder

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