What Is Schizoid Personality Disorder?

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  • 1. The Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Schizoid personality disorder. Retrieved November 14, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizoid-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20354414
  • 2. Grohol, J.M. (2020, Jan. 14) Schizoid Personality Disorder. Psych Central. https://psychcentral.com/disorders/schizoid-personality-disorder/
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When you hear the word schizoid, it may bring to mind someone with a split personality. However, this is not the case. A person who is diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder may never have a single hallucination.1The Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Schizoid personality disorder. Retrieved November 14, 2020, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/schizoid-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20354414 Instead, they may prefer to remain alone rather than interact with other people.

While the condition is uncommon, you or someone you know may suffer from it for years without ever knowing. The signs and symptoms are typically not extreme, and its diagnosis usually only comes on the heels of another more common condition, such as depression or generalized anxiety disorder.

1. Causes

At the present time, there is no known cause of schizoid personality disorder. Unlike other mental health conditions, such as depression, little is known about what may cause some people to suffer from personality disorders.

There is disagreement in the medical community over whether personality disorders result from the environment a person is raised in, traumatic experiences, or genetic. Someone with schizoid personality disorder likely has a genetic predisposition to it.

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