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Friday, August 25, 2006

The self-diagnosed schizoid

Last week after realizing that I will probably fail pharmacology and while studying for psychiatry I came across this web site called, Internet Mental Health. While reading thru their list of mental disorders and their accompanying signs I found one description that seem to fit me pretty well.

From the page of Internet Mental Health:

0.1 Schizoid Personality Disorder
Personality disorder characterized by at least 3 of the following:

(a) few, if any, activities, provide pleasure;
(b) emotional coldness, detachment or flattened affectivity;
(c) limited capacity to express either warm, tender feelings or anger towards others;
(d) apparent indifference to either praise or criticism;
(e) little interest in having sexual experiences with another person (taking into account age);
(f) almost invariable preference for solitary activities;
(g) excessive preoccupation with fantasy and introspection;
(h) lack of close friends or confiding relationships (or having only one) and of desire for such relationships;
(i) marked insensitivity to prevailing social norms and conventions.

Excludes:
* Asperger's syndrome
* delusional disorder
* schizoid disorder of childhood
* schizophrenia
* schizotypal disorder

All you need is at least 3 to be diagnosed as a schizoid? I don't think there is at least three from the list that don't apply. No need to discuss which one's those are but damn the majority does seem to apply. Maybe that's why they assigned a psychiatrist to be my guidance councilor. And I thought it was because of my little speech on Filipino personality. Judging from my family history I think I'm screwed.

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