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Can schizoid personality disorder be prevented?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Schizoid personality disorder may be prevented if interventions occur early enough in life. The disorder has both genetic and environmental origins. Obviously, you can't change your genes. If your parents or another close relative have a schizophrenia-related illness, then you are more likely to have a similar condition than the average person. To counteract this, adults can shape the environment for their children, possibly reducing some of the risk factors for schizoid personality disorder. When adults are warm, supportive, and responsive to their children's needs, children are more likely to grow up seeking social support and healthy relationships. Those with schizoid personality disorder often come from abusive upbringings and may have had cold and distant parents. When parents avoid acting in these abusive ways, their children have a chance to grow up with a healthier self-image.

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