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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?

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