Schizoid personality disorder
“The term schizoid refers to an individual the totality of whose experience is split in two main ways: in the first place, there is a rent in his relation with his world and, in the second, there is a disruption of his relation with himself. Such a person is not able to experience himself 'together with' others or 'at home in' the world, but, on the contrary, he experiences himself in despairing aloneness and isolation; moreover, he does not experience himself as a complete person but rather as 'split' in various ways, perhaps as a mind more or less tenuously linked to a body, as two or more selves, and so on.”
― R.D. Laing, The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness
Schizoid Personality Disorder
Schizoid personality disorder is a psychological disorder in which a patient experience lack of interest in social relationships, sheltered lifestyles, secretiveness, emotional coldness and detached and apathy. Mostly people those are suffering from schizoid personality disorder do their tasks efficiently and prefer to work alone like security officers, lab workers etc. It mostly appears in early adulthood and sometimes in children and it may cause problems to perform well in schoolwork or a job.
What are some most common symptoms of schizoid personality disorder?
Following are the symptoms of schizoid personality disorders:
- They like to live with their family members and may never wed somebody
- They like to live alone and jump at the chance to work alone
- Don’t care to make the most of their cozy connections like family
- They have no companions and they don’t care to make companions
- Feel less that they want sexual connections
- Have issues in indicating response and feelings at certain circumstances
- Show little feelings
- They demonstrate no reaction to acclaim and analysis
Causes of Schizoid Personality Disorder
The main causes of schizoid personality disorder are unknown but some experts may consider such factors as a cause of schizoid personality disorder:
- Due to family history of personality disorders
- Some environmental factors lead to schizoid personality disorder
- Some emotional childhood experiences may a cause of schizoid personality disorder
Common Risk Factors of Schizoid Personality Disorder
There are 2 most common risk factors which be observed of schizoid personality. They are mentioned below:
- You have a risk of such personality disorder if you have a family history of schizoid personality disorder.
- If you have some emotional childhood experiences and your parents neglect you and have a cold behavior with you.
Following are the complications you may face if you are suffering schizoid personality disorder are:
- Major stress
You can say that because of it you may develop some other psychological problems. It can be the root cause that leads to even more severe problems.
Psychologists diagnose that you have a schizoid personality disorder by the help of symptoms you may experience and may ask you about the family history, by physical and psychological examinations and by diagnostic criteria from DSM-5.
Treating Schizoid Personality Disorder
Psychiatrist and doctors treat schizoid personality disorder by the following methodologies and techniques which we discussed here:
- Group therapy
Personality disorders are basically managed and cannot be treated 100% because they are deeply rooted in a person.