“Schizoid personality disorder” is a pervasive pattern of social and interpersonal deficits marked by acute discomfort with, and reduced capacity for, close relationships as well as by cognitive or perceptual distortions and eccentricities of behavior. The disorder begins by early adulthood and is indicated by five or more of the following:
The symptoms do not occur exclusively during the course of schizophrenia, a bipolar disorder or depressive disorder with psychotic features, another psychotic disorder, or autism spectrum disorder.
Yes, genetics do play a role in schizophrenia. First-degree biological relatives of people with schizophrenia have a 10 times greater risk for developing the disease than the general population.
While schizophrenia tends to run in families, no single gene is thought to be responsible. It’s more likely that different combinations of genes make people more vulnerable to the condition. However, having these genes does not necessarily mean that a person will develop schizophrenia.
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