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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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In psychotherapy, what is the treatment for avoidant personality disorder?

In psychotherapy, what is the treatment for avoidant personality disorder?

See website: Any discussion of psychotherapy is naturally beyond the scope of 400 letters. I am referring you to a website that i found that gives a very good and balanced discussion of the various psychotherapies for avoidant personality disorder. I think you would find it quite helpful.Avoidant personality disorder treatment recommendations ... www.health.am/psy/more/apd_treatment_recommendations. ...Read more

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Could a person with avoidant personality disorder need therapy longlife?

Could a person with avoidant personality disorder need therapy longlife?

Avoidant personality: Therapy is not prescribed for a specific time. As a professor once told me, therapy may go on for a long time , but it reaches a tipping point where all factors considered make it appropriate to stop: those factors are different for each person, including cost , time, energy and desire to continue, risk of over dependency on therapist, etc. ...Read more

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Could a person with avoidant personality disorder need therapy lifelong?

Depends on person: Avoidant personality is responsive to therapy but the length of therapy depends on your state of disorder and the techniques used and also expertise of the therapist. Your willingness to be assertive and try the taught skills also counts. ...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 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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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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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
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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