Butterfly Faerie wrote:People with this disorder rarely seek treatment. The treatment can be difficult due to their initial reduced capacity or desire to form a relationship with a health professional. A non-intrusive support group can alleviate feelings of solitude and fears of social interactions and close relationships. Individual therapy, in most cases, has proven relatively ineffective and often temporarily addresses immediate conditions instead of seeking to terminate the disorder entirely.
I find that peculiar. I'm a diagnosed schizoid and I initially sought treatment because my father expressed concerns for me and my degenerative reclusiveness. I've never felt the "reduced capacity or desire" to form a relationship with my current psychologist and psychiatrist - whom I've had for six months or longer - and when we first started, I ticked off all the bad things and trauma in my life like a list, without much emotion at all. Being schizoid has actually made my therapy a lot better - then again, we're not treating me for my detachment, because it's my rationality and intelligence that is my only protection against my psychosis - but I'm able to discuss everything without an emotion. In fact, I like
therapy, because it gives me an opportunity to learn, not only about myself, but also about psychology in general, and as an autodidact, that's a brilliant environment. Hell, my psychiatrist doesn't even talk to me about me, only last month, he ended up teaching me some maths related things.
When overwhelmed by external stimuli - sounds, social interaction, stress, et cetera - I do end up getting psychotic if I don't remove myself from the situation, and though I don't feel the need
to interact with people - in fact, anything emotional just serves to irritate me - I am willing to do it for a chance to learn
about emotions - since I have realised my inability to understand them.
I guess that's why I could get into the psychotherapy so easily; it was impersonal, professional and it didn't ask much of me emotionally, but instead stimulated my rational, problem-solving side. I'm learning about my own emotions, but not by feeling them - I just never feel
emotions, my therapist and I usually look back on events and decide what emotions might have occurred that I didn't even feel.
I really, really
don't "fear" social interactions. I fear the psychosis that gets more likely when I have social interactions. The social interactions themselves just irritate me, because I feel everyone is either legitimately stupid, or pretending to be stupid to get a rise out of me.