Keeping psychodynamic diagnostic constructs relevant in the psychiatric nomenclatureEmpirical support for distinguishing schizoid and avoidant personality disorders"
with Daniel Winarick, PhD
There was some uncertainty in developing Axis - II of DSM-5 regarding whether schizoid personality disorder (PD) would be retained, with proposals for its removal emphasizing its redundancy with the more visible, well studied and accepted avoidant PD construct. The schizoid construct has transformed over the years from its psychodynamic conception in DSM-I through its current definition in DSM-5. Its current conceptualization reflects its early psychodynamic roots as well as the influence of descriptive psychiatry and personality trait theories. This presentation provides empirical support for distinguishing schizoid and avoidant PDs as separate diagnoses in the DSM-5 and beyond. Given its significant history in both psychoanalysis and descriptive psychiatry, it is important to retain schizoid PD as a valid diagnostic construct. The use of personality test data, language measures, and neuroscience will also be discussed as contributing to validation of diagnostic constructs in future editions of the DSM.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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