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How can i fix avoidant personality disorder?

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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Therapy is key: Long-term psychotherapy is key to treatment of personality disorder though meds may have a role to play for certain symptoms. Mindfulness training can help. However, make sure you have received a good psychiatric evaluation that has ruled out a diagnosis of social anxiety disorder, which can look awfully similar to avoidant pd. The difference it makes is that meds have a stronger role....
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry 29 years experience
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...in the treatment of social anxiety disorder than they do in avoidant personality disorder.
Feb 17, 2014

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are good ways i can fix avoidant personality disorder?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Get to a therapist: Personality disorders are difficult to change without professional help. It may take a year or more of consistent and intensive therapy to break patterns, reactions, relational beliefs etc. Professionals are trained to help with this.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How to know what is avoidant personality disorder?

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Dr. L. Kevin Chapman
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Anxious Socially: Apd is a persistent pattern of acute discomfort in social interaction that generalizes to most social situations. Research suggests that individuals with apd have more of a general embarrassment response in social situations as opposed to more fear during social situations with with specific social phobia (like speaking). However, apd and generalized social phobia are usually diagnosed together.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How can you treat avoidant personality disorder?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Tough to treat: It is hard to treat any personality disorder because it is ingrained in the person's sense of self. Usually they do not think there is anything wrong with them and do not seek treatment unless someone else forces them to. If they also avoid social interactions they will try to avoid therapists, too. If they feel any discomfort with their behavior, that is where to try to help them.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have avoidant personality disorder?

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Dr. Patrick Tapia
Psychiatry 13 years experience
Talk to psychologist: If you always withdraw from intense interpersonal situations and also find social situations awkward or distressing secondary to low self esteem then there may be a higher likelihood of having it. It needs to be differentiated from social anxiety disorder or social phobia as well as schizoid personality disorder. A key component is a desired but difficulty to sustain connection to others.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Think I have avoidant personality disorder, what do I do?

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Dr. Anthony Vertino
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Treatment: Personality disorders require treatment by a trained professional. Good news for those with avoidant personality disorders, because the therapeutic relationship is a safe, private, relationship with strong boundaries on behaviors and responses.

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