Eccentric Personality Disorders: Paranoid, Schizoid, Schizotypal

An individual with Schizoid Personality Disorder is generally detached from social relationships, and shows a narrow range of emotional expression in various social settings. This pattern is indicated by four (or more) of the following (from DSM-IV, American Psychiatric Association, 1994):

      1.neither desires nor enjoys close relationships, 
        including family relationships
2.often chooses activities that don't involve other people.
3.has little interest in having sexual relations with another person
4.enjoys few activities
5.lacks close friends other than immediate family
6.appears indifferent to praise or criticism
7.shows emotional coldness, detachment, or little emotional expression

In addition to the exclusions described above, this disorder would not be diagnosed if the pattern described above only occurred during the course of a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (e.g., Autism)

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