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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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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Avoidant Personality Disorder (Definition)

Feelings of inferiority and inadequacy are the hallmarks of avoidant personality disorders (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 ...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?

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

Dr. Andrew Berry
333 doctors shared insights

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