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Schizoid Personality Disorder


Schizoid Personality Disorder is 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.

Source: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
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