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How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

How do social anxiety disorder and avoidant personality disorder differ?

The major difference: Is that with social anxiety disorder, the person is uncomfortable with the fact that they have difficulty in social situations and want the overcome the disorder. Someone with an avoidant personality disorder does not want to change or be around people. They are happy being a hermit. ...Read more

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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What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

What distinguishes schizotypal personality disorder from schizoid personality disorder?

Different presentati: schizoid persons withdraw from others and isolate. Schizotypal persons act unusual. ...Read more

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How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

How are social phobia and avoidant personality disorder different?

There is similarity: Research has found few differences between the kinds of symptoms that people with sad and apd have. Because of the similarities between sad and apd, people are often diagnosed as having both disorders. Like sad, the central fear of people with apd is rejection, ridicule and humiliation by others. However, people with apd tend to have a broader range of symptoms, and the symptoms tend to be more se. ...Read more

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Can someone with borderline personality disorder also have antisocial personality disorder?

Yes: These two personality disorders actually have some similarities and fall under the same group called cluster b personality disorders. ...Read more

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How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

How come some people confuse borderline personality disorder with antisocial personality disorder?

Different things: They are different things, but it is possible to have both. Both personality disorders may be characterized by recklessness, impulsivity, and manipulativeness. The causes are different, but some behaviors may superficially look the same. Borderline personality can be treated. True psychopathic or sociopathic personality is unlikely to respond to treatment. ...Read more

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Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Help please! is antisocial personality disorder a mental illness?

Antisocial: Yes, it is. The hallmark of this disorder is the person seems to have no conscience, or sense of morality, or right or wrong. This person cannot empathize with others, is opportunistic, predatory, and often thrill seeking. An example of this would be Charles Manson. ...Read more

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How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

How are bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder different?

Bipolar vs Borderlin: Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder consisting of both depressive episodes and manic or hypomanic ones. People with bipolar disorder often have normal personalities between episodes of illness. Borderline pd is a pervasive and continuous (not episodic) personality pattern with volatile relationships, extreme anger, fear of abandonment, self-injury, identity diffusion, impulsiveness, etc. ...Read more

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Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Can I have obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder and generalized anxiety disorder?

Theoretically yes,: but unlikely. The symptom most likely, most common to these four is anxiety, so start there. Go to a clinician and answer a lot of questions about your history and symptoms. This will fine-tune your understanding of what's going on. Treatment follows from that... ...Read more

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Could I have borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder?

Personality disorder: There is that possibility. Best thing to do is have a consultation visit with a psychiatrist for more education and treatment options, if you wish to follow through with this. ...Read more

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Is thinkrightnow cds to cure avoidant personality disorder affective?

Is thinkrightnow cds to cure avoidant personality disorder affective?

CDs and books: can be valuable additions to psychotherapy, but seeing a psychotherapist raises the probability of a good outcome. Relating to another person, in this case a professional, is a good antidote for avoidance. I'm not familiar w/the CDs you mention. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Whats histrionic personality disorder?

Emotional, dramatic: Histrionic personality disorder is a condition in which people act in overly emotional and dramatic ways that draws attention to themselves. Individuals with histrionic personality disorder are easily influenced by others, overly sensitive to criticism/disapproval, charming, energetic, easily frustrated, manipulative, seductive, erratic, and demanding. Talk therapy is the best treatment. ...Read more

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Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anti-social personality disorder, what to do?

Symptoms of oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anti-social personality disorder, what to do?

Psychologist: Your need long term psychological counselling, behaviour modifications, group therapy. Please get help from a psycholigist. ...Read more

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Which distinguishes social anxiety from avoidant personality disorder?

Which distinguishes social anxiety from avoidant personality disorder?

There is overlap: Research has found few differences between the kinds of symptoms that people with sad and apd have. Because of the similarities between sad and apd, people are often diagnosed as having both disorders. Like sad, the central fear of people with apd is rejection, ridicule and humiliation by others. However, people with apd tend to have a broader range of symptoms, and the symptoms tend to be more se. ...Read more

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What are avoidant and borderline personality disorders?

Avoidant and BPD: Avoidant personality disorder is characterized by social fears, feeling socially inadequate, and fearing rejection. Borderline personality disorder is characterized by unstable and intense moods that are worsened by feelings of rejection, abandonment, and emptiness. Where avoidant folks often don't engage socially (they avoid), borderline folks engage fearlessly and often in poor relationships. ...Read more

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Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Are mental disorders like depression, bipolar, social anexity disorder inherited?

Yes: Many people have one or more parents with mental health disorders. Off spring may grow up with no mental health problems or they may develop the same or different disorders than their parents. ...Read more

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Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

Depression, social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, loneliness, no friends, what to do?

That is a lot going : On ; it doesn't sound like fun. Take on a little "can do" attitude. Encourage you to enlist the care of a good psychiatrist as well as a therapist/ psychologist. Alk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). ...Read more

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Help! exactly what is multiple personality disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Help! exactly what is multiple personality disorder and borderline personality disorder?

Generally not: As emotional stress usually raises BP unless vagal tone is increased. ...Read more

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Obsessive compulsive disorder resistant to help?

Obsessive compulsive disorder resistant to help?

OCD seeking help: Persons with OCD can vary a bit in their willingness to get treatment, and the degree to which they seem to "want" to change. The most resistant sub-group of ocd'ers I have observed has been hoarders, who are often quite unwilling to change or get help, resisting all efforts to "contain" their compulsions. They experience intolerable anxiety when "deprived" of their collection. ...Read more

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Im bipolar. Diagnosed. I've been off since and believe I have borderline,schizoid and avoidant personality disorders. Help. What should I do?

Please see specialis: please see your specialist/psychiatrist. Unfortunately, this is not an ideal venue to try to assist with the type of problems that you are describing. Best of luck ...Read more

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I have avoidant personality disorder. Feeling helpless help?

Avoidant PD: Get yourself a full psychiatric evaluation to determine what is bothering you, and consider medication as part of treatment. Also, get a referral to a reputable psychotherapist who specializes in working with patients with conditions/diagnoses similar to yours, whatever they may be. ...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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How can I fix avoidant personality disorder?

How can I fix avoidant personality disorder?

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.... ...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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How to know what is avoidant personality disorder?

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. ...Read more

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What do you avoid in avoidant personality disorder?

Potential criticism: Someone with this disorder is excessively aware of and worried about potential criticisms from others or "being let down, " so avoids situations where that may happen, including close personal relationships, occupational situations that require a lot of interactions with others and performance evaluatoins, or new activities that might lead to embarrassment. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have avoidant personality disorder?

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. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant: Isolative, sensitive to criticism, anxious in social situations. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for avoidant personality disorder?

What's the prognosis for avoidant personality disorder?

Hard to say: Personality disorders don't happen just in days. It would take a while for someone with personality disorder to learn different ways of seeing this world and respond differently. However, if the person recognizes his/her struggle and is longing for some positive changes in his/her life, I am still opmistic. ...Read more

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I have avoidant personality disorder, what should I do?

Therapy: I would recommend that you find a good therapist that could help you with strategies to lessen the impact of this on your life. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the major cause of avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant pd : Avoidant pd may reflect innate reactivity or temperment of the infant, reinforced or buffered by particular early experiences (developmental factors). Three suchexperiences are parents who use humiliation as a form of discipline or are more overtly emotionally abusive, rejection by peers in adolescence, and disfiguring scars or lesions early on. It is more treatable than other pds. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have avoidant personality disorder?

Avoidant personality: Disorder. Please read about it here. Psychcentral.Com/disorders/avoidant-personality-disorder-symptoms you need a full psychiatric interview to get this assessed. Please see a psychiatrist. It often coexists with social anxiety disorder, depression, or other anxiety disorders. Hopes this helps and best wises. ...Read more

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What are good ways i can fix avoidant personality disorder?

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. ...Read more

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Can avoidant personality disorder cause attention problems?

Can avoidant personality disorder cause attention problems?

Yes: The hypersensitivity to negative evaluation by others is often associated with an inability to pay attention. The reason for this is that one's attention is focused on oneself. This "self-focused attention" is both an immediate cause of the anxiety that goes with the avoidance and also a cause of the attention problem. You can't pay attention well to two things at once. ...Read more

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I think I have avoidant personality disorder. What should I do?

Change: Want to change? If you are really motivated to change, look into group therapy or work individually with a psychologist in your area. Good luck. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have avoidant personality disorder?

I need help! How do I know if I have avoidant personality disorder?

See below: We all have different personality traits at certain points in our lives. If you need to know your diagnosis, you will have to be evaluated face-to-face by a psychiatrist or a psychologist. Some things just cannot be diagnosed over the internet :) ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Avoidant Personality Disorder (Definition)

A disorder characterized by social discomfort and ...Read more