The languid schizoid
T. Millon (1) notes the existence of a schizoid type which he terms "languid."
schizoid subjects are characterized by the following:
--- Low mood: depression or dysthymia (2)
--- Sadness which usually accompanies depression.
--- Problems with anguish, which is characteristic of depression.
--- Pessimistic view of life, a result of the low mood.
--- Poor performance at work
The above characteristics are common in schizoid people.
It is assumed that extreme schizoids do not suffer, that they are indifferent
to everything. But this is merely an academic truth. In real life, extreme schizoids may vary between total indifference
and profound sadness . Many confess that they exist between dysthymia and depression ...
"For most of my life, I have existed in the state between depression
and dysthymia. And sadness has been a constant partner.
But the anguish that often accompanies depression, can be described as cruel, implacable, persistent, pervasive,
and hopeless. In time, I came to hate living. But specialists prescribed antidepressants
which have helped me to cope.
In addition, I have always been excessively fatigable,
and my work performance has always been low. This, too, I have accepted.
At a point in my career, the fatigue became so intense,
that it became impossible for me to
continue working. I retired as a result.
Performing any kind of work in a day, remains a constant battle for me ... (Author)
(1) T. Millon "Personality Disorders in Modern Life" (2) Dysthymia = moderate but chronic depression
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