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"is the avoidant personality disorder a mental illness?"

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Dr. Alan Cohen
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Personality Disorder

This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders.
They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia.

In brief: Personality Disorder

This is a bit of a semantic problem. Personality disorders are not seen as major mental illnesses, like bipolar , schizophrenia, depressive or anxiety disorders.
They are not very responsive to meds.However, they do affect the quality of life and may generate the above conditions in certain circumstances. Avoidant pd can overlap with anxiety disorders , such as panic disorder or social phobia.
Dr. Alan Cohen
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Is responsiveness to medication necessary for being a mental illness?
Dr. Alan Cohen
No, not at all, unless you are an insurance company :). This is a complicated area in this field. One of the past Chairmen of the Psychiatry Dept . of a medical school in this area was said to have told a patient referred for Borderline PD that Psychiatry can do nothing for them. It wasn't well recieved by the residents! He isn't in that spot anymore. The Major Mental Illnesses have been identified as the ones that "could" , but don't always respond to meds. It doesn't make the personlity disorder any less important to a patient who's suffering.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Personality disorders like avoidant pd are mental illnesses, but different from bipolar, schizophrenia, and others.
Long-term psychotherapy can allow insight and growth in these people.

In brief: Yes

Personality disorders like avoidant pd are mental illnesses, but different from bipolar, schizophrenia, and others.
Long-term psychotherapy can allow insight and growth in these people.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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