Schizoid personality disorder, as defined by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is “a mental condition in which a person has a lifelong pattern of indifference to others and social isolation.” It is considered to be fairly uncommon, although the exact number of people affected by the condition is unknown, as they rarely seek treatment.
When diagnosis is possible, it typically occurs in late adolescence or adulthood, and has been found to affect males more than females. If you’re concerned that you or a loved one may have schizoid personality disorder, the following are the six most common symptoms to be mindful of.
1. Don’t Desire or Enjoy Close Relationships
One of the primary characteristics of those with schizoid personality disorder is their detachment from personal relationships, even with family members. MindDisorders.com says this is because “They perceive themselves as social misfits and believe they can function best when not dependent on anyone except themselves.”
Their lack of interest and enjoyment in engaging in these relationships is often due to the fact that they struggle to relate to others and, as a result, they tend to have no close friends.