Can Both Dependent Personality Disorder and Schizoid Personality Disorder Exist in a Person at the Same Time?

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That’s not possible at all. One diagnosis would cancel out the other one. It’s not possible to have both diagnosis.

A Dependent PD is characterized by an excessive need for others and an intolerance of being alone.

A Schizoid PD is characterized by no need for others at all and a love and preference for being alone.

You can’t both need  people and not need people. You can’t both love and prefer being alone and be unable to tolerate being alone.

The diagnoses cancel each other out.


Filed under Dependent, Mental Illness, Personality Disorders, Psychology, Psychopathology

2 responses to “Can Both Dependent Personality Disorder and Schizoid Personality Disorder Exist in a Person at the Same Time?

  1. Raymond Jiang

    Very much disagree on this. It’s not that black-and-white. The thing with schizoids is that they are very self-absorbed in their own worlds. They don’t like their space being violated and for people to demand too much of them. They only like to be social when they want to, but not necessarily when others want them to. A lot of schizoids actually don’t mind being with other people, but factors past failures in relationships and prolonged loneliness and isolation can cause one to suppress and mask their fears and desires, which can result in schizoid-like behaviors. The closest relationships schizoids often are capable of are just casual friendships or acquaintances, which don’t require much effort on their part. A schizoid can become dependent when they are confronted with a situation that requires them to interact more with people, and can’t refuse because their livelihood depends on it. Schizoids can often end up being homeless due to their tendency to withdraw, detach, and hide from the world. Homelessness makes one dependent on others for food, water, and shelter. So dependent PD doesn’t always mean that someone necessarily needs or wants people and love. It can also make one unable to make decisions and perform simple, everyday tasks that are necessary for human survival. And being unable to take care of oneself and make living for oneself can definitely make one dependent.

  2. Raymond Jiang

    Theodore Millon’s Descprition of the Ineffectual Dependent Subtype:

    The ineffectual dependent represents a combination of the dependent and schizoid patterns. Both exhibit a general lack of vitality, low energy level, fatigability, and weakness in expressiveness and spontaneity. Schizoids usually possess an anhedonic temperament, meaning that they are unable to experience pleasurable emotions in great depth. Moreover, they shun social relationships, including being part of a family, and almost always choose solitary activities. The ineffectual dependent, however, is more able to empathize and understand the basic emotions of others. Additionally, the thought processes of schizoids often seem unfocused, tangential, or even absent, especially concerning human relationships. While interpersonal subtleties escape the understanding of most schizoids, they are understood by most ineffectual dependents, who do not shun close personal relationships. Like the immature dependent, the ineffectual variety seeks an untroubled life completely free of responsibility, though mainly because of a lack of drive rather than a childish nature. Through their schizoid characteristics, they often simply tune out life’s demands. Not wanting to deal with reality, they often appear to sleepwalk through life, half disengaged and half dependent. They typically do not want to engage in anything or think too deeply, so they often exhibit a certain fatalism that allows them to ignore difficulties. They have a belief that nothing ever changes on the basis of human efforts, and they have neither the drive nor the desire to act on their own behalf.

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