A 29-year-old member asked:
whats the main difference between social phobia and avoidant personality disorder?
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Dr. Glen Elliott answered
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
They may overlap: Social phobia simply refers to people who do not like to be in large crowds; those with it typically function fine in cosier settings and are worried mostly about being overwhelmed. With apd, concerns are about being criticized or embarrassed, so the size of the crowd is not as important as the potential for being judged and found wanting.
Answered on Apr 13, 2016
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