Schizoid Personality Disorder

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Schizoid Personality Disorder

Post  Matthew on Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:45 am

The DSM-IV-TR, a widely used manual for diagnosing mental disorders, defines schizoid personality disorder as:

A. A pervasive pattern of detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of expression of emotions in interpersonal settings, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

-neither desires nor enjoys close relationships, including being part of a family
-almost always chooses solitary activities
-has little, if any, interest in having sexual experiences with another person
-takes pleasure in few, if any, activities
-lacks close friends or confidants other than first-degree relatives
-appears indifferent to the praise or criticism of others
-shows emotional coldness, detachment, or flattened affectivity

B. Does not occur exclusively during the course of schizophrenia, a mood disorder with psychotic features, another psychotic disorder, or a pervasive developmental disorder and is not due to the direct physiological effects of a general medical condition.
DSM-IV, which is an earlier version of DSM-IV-TR, does say that a person with Schizoid Personality Disorder may feel sensitive to the opinions of others and may even feel lonely but can not do anything about the loneliness due to the disorder.
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