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Schizoid Personality Disorder - CBT Kenya
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Schizoid Personality Disorder – CBT Kenya

People with personality disorders have long-standing patterns of thinking and acting that differ from what society considers usual or normal. The inflexibility of their personality can cause great distress, and can interfere with many areas of life, including social and work functioning. People with personality disorders generally also have poor coping skills and difficulty forming healthy relationships.

Schizoid personality disorder is an uncommon condition in which people avoid social activities and consistently shy away from interaction with others. They also have a limited range of emotional expression. If you have schizoid personality disorder, you may be seen as a loner or dismissive of others, and may lack the desire or skill to form close personal relationships. Because you don’t tend to show emotion, you may appear as though you don’t care about others or what’s going on around you.

How to cope with schizoid personality disorder

  • Texting: You may want to use an online dating app or find an old friend that you feel comfortable with and start texting. Make an effort to carry on a conversation and think of it like lifting weights for your social life. Keep working at being fairly diligent about responding to the texts and put some effort into it.
  • Video chat: After you have become competent in communication via texting, the next step is to video chat with the person. Use Skype, Face time, or a webcam to connect with another person and have a brief video chat session. Generally this will be a little more uncomfortable, but even if the session is short, it will help reduce feelings of isolation.
  • In-person: After continuously video chatting, you may find that you’re ready to meet up in person to do something. The activity could be meeting for a cup of coffee, discussing some commonly shared interests, or
  • Consistent meeting: Make it a point to consistently meet with the other person. Think of it as an activity involving some effort and discomfort. It may not feel good on the inside, but the social contact will buffer the feelings of schizoid loneliness. Just feeling a little bit connected to one person may improve your outlook for the rest of the day.
  • Try to engage in some sort of activity with this person at least once every week or couple weeks. If you can plan on meeting a particular day of the week at the same time to set up a routine, that may work even better. Many people with SPD like the same ingrained daily and weekly routines.

Schizoid personality disorder treatment

  • People with this personality disorder rarely seek treatment, because their thoughts and behavior generally do not cause them distress. When treatment is sought, psychotherapy — a form of counseling — is the form of treatment most often used. Treatment likely will focus on increasing general coping skills, as well as on improving social interaction, communication, and self-esteem.
  • Create a job: If you can’t seem to land a job, create your own. Assuming you have any skill that can be performed in isolation (e.g. programming), you can surely find work online. Other examples include: graphic design, selling artwork, coding, making apps, designing websites, writing, etc. – there are a lot of options.
  • Daily routine: Work should be considered a daily routine for a person with schizoid personality disorder. Not only does work help the person stay connected even if there’s minimal interaction on the job, it will provide them with money to purchase necessities (e.g. food, an apartment, etc.). Making work also provides structure and prevents them from becoming homeless.
  • People diagnosed with a schizoid personality disorder can also use self-help methods to overcome their concerns and current problems. Finding a self-help group can be beneficial for these individuals as a way to learn how to deal with stressors. It can also help them engage with others who are similar and overcome the feeling of isolation.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy is designed to change behavior. It can be a successful treatment for this condition because it teaches you how to change your thoughts about and behaviors in social situations. This may change reluctance to pursue social relationships.

Further help

This is a chronic condition that has no cure. Some people with the disease may not be able to hold a job or be in a relationship with other people. However, many people are able to hold jobs and live fairly normal lives. If you’re living with schizoid personality disorder, speak with your doctor about creating a treatment plan for you.

CBT-Kenya (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Kenya) counseling center offers counseling and therapy sessions for persons from all walks of life. We focus on helping clients gain insight into themselves by going through a healing process. Our purpose is to help you to achieve your therapeutic and life goals, to improve the quality of your life and to help you to build strong relationships in your life. Get in touch or book an appointment on +254 739 935 333, +254 756 454 585 or info@cbtkenya.org.

 

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