What is Schizoid Personality Disorder? Defining, Understanding, and Treating SPD

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Schizoid Personality Disorder (SPD) is a condition largely marked by a lack of desire to form interpersonal relationships. Personality disorders like SPD differ from other mental health conditions in that they are thought to be deeply ingrained in the structures of a person’s psyche. It is this nature that makes them difficult, but not impossible, to treat.

The American Psychiatric Association notes that those with personality disorders have, “a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time.” And it is precisely that disconnect from cultural expectations, and longevity, that make those living with personality disorders suffer disconnection from their peers, friends and family.

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What Is “Quiet” Borderline Personality Disorder?

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Katie Reed, a blogger and mom of four from Salt Lake City, spent many years living with “quiet” borderline personality disorder before getting a proper diagnosis. Before that, she was misdiagnosed repeatedly — with bipolar disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and anxiety disorder — none of which ever felt “right.”

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Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

Someone recently asked me about why I chose to start therapy when I have a ton of friends willing to listen to my every complaint, and tell me exactly what I want to hear.

– by Anonymous Talkspace User 

When I explained that therapy is not so much about what I want to hear, but about what I need to hear to resolve my problems and move forward, the person blankly stared back  – the conversation had abruptly ended. I think people have a very hard time understanding what therapy is, and why anyone would bother going through with it. Continue reading Dear Therapist: Why Should I Bother With Therapy?

5 Ways to Manage Stress While Raising A Child With Autism

5 Ways to Manage Stress While Raising A Child With Autism

Once we accept the diagnosis and learn to manage our own stress, raising a child with autism can be a uniquely rewarding experience.

Most parents will tell you that their children stole their hearts the very second they were born. It’s the nature of love and parenthood. We’re biologically programmed to take care of our offspring from the moment they take their first breath to the very instant we take our last one, and an autism diagnosis seldomly changes that. Still, being told that your child has autism could be a very difficult fact to accept, but by utilizing diverse coping strategies you can learn to navigate the sometimes-turbulent waters of autism for smoother sailing later on. Continue reading 5 Ways to Manage Stress While Raising A Child With Autism