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How is schizoid personality disorder treated?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Medication and therapy can sometimes help reduce symptoms of schizoid personality disorder. However, people with this disorder rarely seek help, and when they do, it can be very hard for them to change their thoughts and behaviors. Some doctors prescribe psychiatric medications to reduce the emotional symptoms accompanying schizoid personality disorder, like numbness, anxiety, or depression. Different forms of psychotherapy can also be helpful. Cognitive behavioral therapy encourages people to change unhealthy thoughts and unproductive behaviors. This therapy can help people with schizoid personality disorder improve their social skills and reduce social anxiety. However, participation in therapy may be a struggle for those with schizoid personality disorder, since they often have trouble communicating with others. Group therapy can be effective, especially for sufferers with similar problems. In a group setting, people learn healthy ways to communicate, and may feel less isolated.

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