Schizoid Personality Disorder (ScPD)

Schizoid personality disorder is characterised by a pervasive pattern of detachment from and general disinterest in social relationships and by expression of few emotions in relationships.

  • Individuals with schizoid personality disorder seem to have no interest in close relationships with others and prefer to be by themselves.
  • Medical professionals diagnose schizoid personality disorder based on specific symptoms, including detachment from and disinterest in social relationships and limited expression of emotions.
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy that focuses on acquiring social skills may help individuals with this disorder change.

Personality disorders are long-lasting, pervasive patterns of thinking, perceiving, reacting, and relating that cause an individual significant distress and/or impair an individual’s ability to function.

Individuals with schizoid personality disorder have difficulty relating to others meaningfully.

Schizoid personality disorder occurs in about 3 to 5% of the general population in the United States.

It is slightly more common among men.

Other disorders are often also present. Up to half of individuals with schizoid personality disorder have had at least one episode of major depression. They often also have other personality disorders. The most common are:

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