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Schizoid Personality Disorder

Schizoid Personality Disorder Treatment at Promises

Schizoid personality disorder is a difficult condition, especially if compounded by substance abuse or other co-occurring disorders. At Promises, our compassionate professionals understand that opening up to others is often challenging for people with this disorder. We continue to work with clients to help them feel safe. They learn to develop trusting relationships while improving interpersonal skills. During treatment, medications may be prescribed to help with schizoid personality disorder symptoms, as well as associated symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is often a part of schizoid personality disorder treatment and may help clients change problematic beliefs and behaviors, increase sensitivity to interpersonal cues and develop new social skills. Group therapy helps our clients interact with peers who are also practicing new interpersonal skills and develop a support network that may help increase their social functioning. Family therapy, experiential therapy and regular sessions with our psychiatric team to manage any medication needs are also part of schizoid personality disorder treatment and treatment for co-occurring disorders.

What Is Schizoid Personality Disorder?

Schizoid personality disorder, also called eccentric personality disorder, is part of a group of conditions called “Cluster A” personality disorders. Schizoid personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a lifelong pattern of social isolation and indifference to others.

People with this disorder may go out of their way to avoid being with others, including doctors. They may be so used to living their lives without any emotional closeness that they don’t see the need or feel the desire to change. When they do receive treatment, it is often very difficult for them to open up to their therapist.

Schizoid Personality Disorder Symptoms

People with schizoid personality disorder organize their lives to avoid contact with others. They may never marry and many continue to live with their parents as adults. They are usually not very conversational and may engage in daydreaming or fantasizing as a means of coping with their illness.

Schizoid personality disorder symptoms vary by person but may include the following:

  • Preferring to be alone or doing solitary activities
  • Appearing aloof and detached
  • Indifference to criticism or praise
  • Confusion about how to respond to social cues
  • Lack of desire for sexual relationships
  • Shuns and does not enjoy close relationships, even with family members
  • Inability to experience pleasure
  • May daydream or create fantasies about complex inner lives
  • Unmotivated, leading to underperformance at work and school
  • Following the lead of others in social situations, work, school and relationships

Causes of Schizoid Personality Disorder

The causes of schizoid personality disorder are unknown. Although the disorder shares many of the same risk factors as schizophrenia, schizoid personality disorder is not generally as disabling in that it doesn’t cause the same disconnection from reality, such as hallucinations or delusions, which can occur in people with schizophrenia.

Genetics and environment are thought to play a role. Speculation among some mental health professionals is that a bleak childhood where little warmth and emotion were present may contribute to the development of the disorder. The higher risk of schizoid personality disorder in families of schizophrenics points to the possibility of a genetic susceptibility for the disorder to be inherited.

It’s difficult to accurately assess how widespread the disorder is, given that many people with it rarely seek treatment. Schizoid personality disorder affects men more often than women. The disorder usually begins in late adolescence or early adulthood.

Take Back Your Life Today

If you or a loved one is suffering from schizoid personality disorder symptoms and co-occurring issues like substance abuse, we can help. It’s possible to effectively manage your mental health disorder and live a better life. Our compassionate team of mental health experts can help you do just this. Call us today for a free, confidential consultation: 844-876-5568.

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