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I'm 20 and suffering from low self esteem and dependent personality disorder. What can I do?

I'm 20 and suffering from low self esteem and dependent personality disorder. What can I do?

Low Self Esteem: You probably need to understand how you came to view yourself as less than others. Confide in close friends to learn who you are from honest feedback in the present. Try reading my book, "changing your inner voice" on the soundmindz.Org web site, full of examples of how to increase self esteem and become more independent. Lastly consult a clinical psychologist as psychotherapy can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Personality Disorder (Definition)

According to the dsm IV tr, a personality disorder is: an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the individual's culture, is pervasive and inflexible, has an onset in adolescence or early adulthood, is stable over time, and leads ...Read more


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I'm 20. I'm suffering with low self esteem and dependent personality disorder. What are my options?

Self Esteem: Consider joining a long term group therapy in your area, begin with the therapist individually and then when you feel comfortable transition to the group. This strategy can be very helpful to boost self esteem and create more independence. You can read about my clients who have done so in changing your inner voice featured on the soundmindz.Org website. Best. ...Read more

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What to do if I am 20.I'm suffering with low self esteem and dependent personality disorder.?

What to do if I am 20.I'm suffering with low self esteem and dependent personality disorder.?

See psychotherapist: These issues would be best addressed by working with a psychologist or other professionally trained psychotherapist. Has someone given you this diagnosis, or have you diagnosed yourself? Hoping you'll be willing to see a mental health professional so that you can get the help you need. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?

I got a diagnoses of dsm axis 2 personality disorder with features of narcissistic, borderline, ocd, dependent and histrionic. Why such a loose defini?

"Features" only: Key word here is "features" of various personality types. The interviewer noted that you have a fixed pattern of relating to the world and others no matter what the situation (personality disorder). This apparently includes features found in several personality disorders but no definitive one stood out. Firmer delineation may come over time, but characteristics of these disorders may overlap. ...Read more

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What is the youngest you can be diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder?

What is the youngest you can be diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder?

Diagnosed At Age 18: Avoidant personality disorder is a condition in which the individual has a lifelong pattern of feeling very shy, inadequate, and overly sensitive to rejection. The age of onset is usually in young adulthood, but as with all personality disorders it cannot be diagnosed before age 18, when the individual is considered to be an adult. Recommended treatment: psychotherapy and medications. ...Read more

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What is the avoidant personality disorder?

What is the avoidant personality disorder?

Avoiding personality: Avoidant personality is diagnosed when an individual avoids work or school activities that involve significant interpersonal contact because of fears of criticism, disapproval or rejection. ...Read more

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I believe I have avoidant personality disorder. Where do I go from here?

If you have problems: that are interfering with your social functioning and work, or your symptoms are distressing to you, please seek an evaluation with a psychiatrist or a psychologist such that you can be diagnosed and treated for your problem. If the symptoms are not interfering in your life, are not distressing or not causing depression or problems, you can keep a close eye on them, but please do not hibernate. ...Read more

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How can you treat avoidant personality disorder?

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: avoidant personality disorder?

Feeling inferior: Feelings of inferiority and inadequacy are the hallmarks of apd. These feeling usually give rise to pervasive difficulties around social situations, receiving negative feedback from others, and taking personal risks. People suffering from apd usually tend to view themselves as unlikable and subordinate to others, making most social contexts significantly stressful and even frightening. ...Read more

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