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Avoidance Behaviors (Overview)

Avoid or withdraw from something. The opposite would be approach behaviors where you move toward the object or situation. We usually avoid things that are painful, distressing or unpleasant and approach things that are pleasant or rewarding.


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What is the definition or description of: avoidance behaviors?

What is the definition or description of: avoidance behaviors?

Ir simply means you: Avoid or withdraw from something. The opposite would be approach behaviors where you move toward the object or situation. We usually avoid things that are painful, distressing or unpleasant and approach things that are pleasant or rewarding. ...Read more

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Avoidance Behaviors (Overview)

Avoid or withdraw from something. The opposite would be approach behaviors where you move toward the object or situation. We usually avoid things that are painful, distressing or unpleasant and approach things that are pleasant or rewarding.


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My family member is anxious, depressed, and has avoidance behaviors. What are the next steps?

My family member is anxious, depressed, and has avoidance behaviors. What are the next steps?

Consultation: Do consider making the appointment and accompanying your family member. Your physician can refer you to a well trained psychiatrist. ...Read more

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My teenager is showing signs of being anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help?

My teenager is showing signs of being anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help?

This would be a : Good time to get some professional assistance. A child psychiatrist, child psychologist or a general psychiatrist/ psychologist that works with teens in their practice - would be a good place to start. Take care. ...Read more

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Anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help! I have new baby?

Anxious, depressed, and avoidance behaviors, help! I have new baby?

Talk to your Dr.: Please talk to your dr & get in therapy/counseling to help with these postpartum symptoms, for your sake as well as your baby's sake. Such better feelings are in store for you! good luck (and congrats on the baby!). ...Read more

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Can you have avoidance personality disorder?

Can you have avoidance personality disorder?

Yes...: Some research place the prevalence of apd at over 2%. In a population of around 312 millions (us pop.), that translates to over 6.2 millions! such a condition, though, is best diagnosed by a professional (psychologist or psychiatrist). ...Read more

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Avoidance tactics and strategies - why do you do them?

Avoidance tactics and strategies - why do you do them?

Various reasons: People use avoidance tactics and strategies for a variety of reasons including: fear of being judged, low self-esteem, learning this behavior by watching a parent be avoidant. The problem with avoidance is that it rarely if ever solves problems. There is a model that discusses being either passive, aggressive, or assertive. Generally the most healthy behavior falls into the assertive range. ...Read more

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Is constant avoidance of situations a personality disorder?

Is constant  avoidance of situations  a personality disorder?

Possibly: There are people with avoidant personality disorder who may consistently avoid social settings. This is also seen in schizoid personality disorder. However, this type of symptom can be found in other emotional problems as well, such as depression and various types of anxiety. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosis w/ BP, bpd, and now discovered avoidance disorder. My husband thinks my core problem has been avoidant and not have BP? Possible?

I've been diagnosis w/ BP, bpd, and now discovered avoidance disorder. My husband thinks my core problem has been avoidant and not have BP? Possible?

Don't further: complicate what is already a very complex constellation of diagnoses. The question you are asking here suggest that the probable correct diagnosis may be BP and the others arose from the many ways this can manifest during the inevitable crisis situations that surround the patient with BP. You can go to hundreds of different providers and receive many different diagnoses depending on the way in which you present, the history you give, the degree to which others in your life are permitted to take part in your evaluation & the tendency you may have to split those caring for you into widely differing impressions. Please seek & stay with ONE provider & do what it takes to work through this question. ...Read more

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Can a gp test you for avoidance personality disorder?

Can a gp test you for avoidance personality disorder?

No simple test: Unfortunately no simple tests--like blood tests or mris--can tell us if we have a personality disorder. If your gp has specialized training in psychiatry s/he may be able to help you with that. Most likely you would be referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist, and they typically use a thorough history and psychological testing to help answer your question. Your gp may help with a referral. ...Read more

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Avoidance personality disorder - what treatment can be offered?

Psychotherapy : Insight-oriented to get to the root issues; also, therapy will help examine and revisit related thoughts and belief systems and develop and strengthen some coping skills to deal with the related uncomfortable feelings. ...Read more

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I have dry chapped, flaky fingers due to contact with washing powder. Tried hydrocortione cream for 2 wks, sudocream and avoidance. Not improved. help?

I have dry chapped, flaky fingers due to contact with washing powder. Tried hydrocortione cream for 2 wks, sudocream and avoidance. Not improved. help?

Dry skin: Dry skin often results from irritating exposures from soaps and chemicals. Stopping the exposure such as by wearing gloves is imperative. Maintaining a diet and appropriate hydration. Rather than Hydrocortisone or other creams try using unrefined organic coconut oil or 100% pure aloe Vera gel which both work well for healthy moist skin and can be applied safely as needed. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, Are there any essential oils to avoid for adults with G6PD? If so, the reasons for the avoidance? Thanks a lot! Yvonne

Omega-6: Any omega-6 oils, especially those containing significant amounts of linoleic acid, can potentially increase the risk of oxidative stress and worsen the disease state ...Read more

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Have had irrational fear of certain public speaking all my life sometimes no problem and other times extream to the point of avoidance why?

Have had irrational fear of certain public speaking all my life sometimes no problem and other times extream to the point of avoidance why?

Social Phobia: Many people have anxiety around public speaking and other performance or social activities. Stress reduction techniques such as breathing exercises, meditation, counseling, exercise, good sleep can help. Still some people are troubled by this problem. One way to treat it is to take a medication called Propranolol prior to the speaking engagement, it is a beta blocker and can be quite effective. ...Read more

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I've read that total avoidance of NSAIDS is unnecessary if one's reaction was only a few hives. true? been avoiding but really could use them!

I've read that total avoidance of NSAIDS is unnecessary if one's reaction was only a few hives. true? been avoiding but really could use them!

Be careful: Not true, as the next reaction would be more severe, avoidance is still the right thing to do until you make sure that wasn't a true allergic reaction, you might need to get a test dose or a challenge under a controlled setting supervised by an allergist, please visit an allergist/Immunologist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area,use alternative medications instead till seen ...Read more

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Clarivein (better?) vs. Venefit since: simplified access, no tumescence, no concern nerve damage(no rf), but need avoidance of catching of vein wall?

Clarivein (better?) vs. Venefit since: simplified access, no tumescence, no concern nerve damage(no rf), but need avoidance of catching of vein wall?

No in most instances: If you are looking for a method of vein treatment with no tumescence & minimizing nerve damage risk, I prefer Venaseal vein glue . . . it is superior to the clarivein device. Yes, with clarivein there is some risk of catching the vein wall & the catheter no longer spinning properly. In above knee anatomy I prefer venefit over clarivein. In below the knee anatomy prefer Venaseal to avoid nerves. ...Read more

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How can someone become less aprehensive (besides meditation) before having a blood pressure cuff put on? How can the avoidance be handled?

How can someone become less aprehensive (besides meditation) before having a blood pressure cuff put on? How can the avoidance be handled?

Why not meditate?: Practice with a cuff yourself if you can find one. Many retail places have self monitors that can help you get habituated to the feelings. I'm curious why you reject meditation. Oddly, it can actually improve the BP reading as well as lessening your apprehension. A few (5) breath cycles of in-4 count, hold-6 count, "full" out-8 count can change the result before your own eyes. Try it for proof! ...Read more

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How long I should avoid contacts with people after laparoscopic appendicitis surgery? The avoidance is because i'm afraid i might get infection

How long I should avoid contacts with people after laparoscopic appendicitis surgery? The avoidance is because i'm afraid i might get infection

Worrying too much?: Keep the sites clean, dry, ; covered. You're already on post-operative antibiotics. If red ; draining or open, get the wound(s) checked out now. Unless you're talking about intimate contact where the wounds will be contaminated in some way, casual interactions will not place your healing surgical incisions at risk. Get out there ; live life appendix-free. ...Read more