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Who is at risk for schizoid personality disorder?

Mark Moronell, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Scientists are still unclear on its exact causes, but one known risk factor for schizoid personality disorder is a person's genetic makeup. If you have a close relative, parent, or sibling with schizophrenia or another mental illness with related symptoms, you may be more likely to develop schizoid personality disorder. Some parenting styles may also increase a child's risk of developing a condition like schizoid personality disorder. Parents who are detached, absent, or cruel may unknowingly set off this disorder in some sensitive children, according to the Mayo Clinic. Also, children growing up in emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive situations may be at an increased risk for the disorder.

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