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Self Deserting Avoidant Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder more about self-harm or harming others and avoidant personality disorder more about caring too much, is this correct?
Not necessarily: Borderline personality disorder is more about intense and often unstable moods. This may result in harm to self or others. Avoidant personality disorder is more about social fears, anticipation of rejection and feelings of inadequacy. People with avoidant personality disorders are also prone to self-harm.
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avoidant: Isolative, sensitive to criticism, anxious in social situations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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 :)
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